Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year

It has been more than two months since I returned from San Antonio after undergoing 35 sessions of EECP. The results of the therapy surprised even me. I can honestly say I went from having several (3-5) episodes of angina pain a day to having between 0 and 1 a week. Not only has the frequency of angina significantly diminished, the intensity and recovery time are much less.

I don't remember the last time I put a nitroglycerin tablet under my tongue. I have gone from taking 30 mg of Imdur twice daily to taking 15 mg a day now. Next week I will be seeing a new cardiologist and hope he completely weans me off of the Imdur. Of course, those of us who must take nitro and Imdur realize you cannot take drugs that treat erectile dysfunction when you are on them.

In my mind, I have proven that EECP is an excellent and more than adequate substitute for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). I hope anyone being coerced by their cardiologists to get a bypass will do what i did in 2004 -- get a second opinion from a noninvasive/noninterventional cardiologist. By doing so, I have dodged the cardio-thoracic surgeons sharp scapel four nearly four years

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Jeff,
I´m very glad EECP worked so well for you!
Best luck with your new cardiologist and have a very Happy 2008!

Mexico City.