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After doing the best I can to ferret out the risks vs benefits of cardiac catheterization. 92% of my brain says, "No." That niggling 8% is a real pain.
I am female. I am over 60. I have not had a myocardial infarction, (that they're telling me about anyway). I have some stress wall hypertrophy, but that's pretty much it. If I could get the physicians/cardiologists, to give me better evidence of need for such an invasive procedure, I might consider it...however...
I know me. Just having the procedure would be psychologically, and, therefore, physically, ruinous. I think I understand - but who can understand this really - that choosing not to have the catheterization, and whatever may happen as a result, means I might sign out quite unexpected. But is this a better way to live? I think so.
I have not felt "well" for at 7 years. (I'll spare you the ailments). However, I don't get colds, flu (no vaccinations)...I don't have hypertension. I'm told I have angina, but I am convinced that the post-meal sensations I get are due to gastric/diaphragm...more on that order of things. I don't have frank chest "pain."
I'm figuring that it will be a complete craps shoot to refuse the catheterization, but I am 100% certain, that there is a better chance of me surviving an invasive procedure if I don't die before I have it, then lending myself to what looks like a never-ending routine of invasive procedures.
What I'm currently hoping for, but have been unable to get, is a cardiologist who will agree to fully monitor me; one who truly understands the various medications available and who would find one that is best suited for this particular body, and who considers cardiac catheterization, et al, a last resort, rather than a first. (Nice fantasy).
So far, I've had the general practitioner I see, attempt to scare the hell out of me without telling me on what evidence he was doing so. (I would change to another GP if there was another one around). That kind of tactic is not only useless, but demoralizing. When it comes to "heart," demoralization can, without a doubt, lead to "heart trouble."
It's all a quandry.
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