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First of all What is your opinion on Desert Burn Medifast? Many thanks for any response. Another question I got... I am doing my preop stuff (will see the surgeon for the first time on Dec. 23) I was at an appointment with my family doctor and he was being very exact and careful. He will see be again after my labs come back. He said he wanted me to know that I was a moderate risk for.

Surgery.

I have asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, have had chest pains but the stress test shows nothing. I expect all my conditions to get better from the.

Surgery.

..that is why I am doing this. I did have a little issue where I collapsed and went to ER but the EKG and the stress test showed nothing... in the ambulance was a blocked branch bunch bundle or something like that but it never showed up again. Does anyone know what this means that I am a moderate risk for.

Surgery.

?.

Val..

asked May 09 at 13:00

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Jakob
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Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the right answer. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I got an anything. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably can help you..

answered May 09 at 13:50

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Ian
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Thanks Lu,.

Yes, I.

Hope.

It happens for me, too. I am willing to take some risk because in the end I think all the real risk is staying as I am ... I appreciate my doctor being concerned for me. I have had a lot of respiratory issues in the past and bad asthma problems but since the.

CPAP.

And keeping up with my flu shots and vitamins... not so much. He is worried, I think, about my breathing... or rather not breathing right in.

Surgery..

answered May 09 at 15:09

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Phillip
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Val: Maybe you should consult a pulmonary doc prior to.

Surgery.

, as well as find out exactly what the paramedics meant by their blocked branch bundle comment. It can't hurt to be thoroughly tested before having the.

Surgery.

All those test results will help the surgeon and anesthesiologist make good decisions on your behalf...

answered May 09 at 15:39

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Giovanni
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Thanks... I did see a cardiologist and I passed the stress test... she says those branch bunch things sometime just happen intermittedly and didn't seemed to think it was necessary to pursue it..

I like the idea going into.

Surgery.

Prepared. Maybe I shoud see a pulmonary doctor..

answered May 09 at 17:07

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Adrianna
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Val,.

It is frustrating... I would go see specialists for each condition and let them be aware of your pursuit of WLS... If you can get them to sign off on that it is medically necessary and will help your condition, it strengthens your case with insurance, and obviously your peace of mind going in....

Just be aware, getting all of your doctors to agree, is sometimes very hard!.

And they may say things you don't want to hear...

But this is how I feel too, I know that I've been trying on my own to get healthy weight for all my life, and I need this.

Surgery.

! I may be higher risk with my medical conditions, but so is staying this way....

One is a slow and painful death, and I'd rather take my chances with.

Surgery.

!.

But you have to keep being your own advocate, and get second and third opinions....

Be aware of the risks, and then decide if it's a chance you are willing to take....

Good luck!..

answered May 09 at 18:31

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Thanks Wantdx,.

I do believe it is worth the risk. I have done home health care and I know what happens with diabetes, let alone the asthma and of course the heart..

Of course I am not a doctor and if they tell me something I don't know, some strong reason it is not for me, I guess I will just try harder to do this on my own, but at 53, I am very frustrated at the results of my efforts on my own..

Val..

answered May 09 at 19:36

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April
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I can relate to all of this I had high blood pressure, a heart stent for a large blockage, high triglycerides, and diabetes that even a huge amount of insulin a day wasn't able to control. I knew that my ailments weren't getting any better and would probably kill me before long I think that's the first time I realized just how short my life could be. Once I started the GBS journey, I very patiently went through a huge battery of tests take the opportunity to get each and every one that your doctors even hint at it's so much better to be safe than sorry! Plus, if something shows up, corrective measures can be made along the way which will make things easier later on. I've been scanned, probed, tested, x-rayed, you name it from neck down (I joke that they'd probably have found the brain empty anyway, had they checked that out, LOL). For both MY peace of mind as well as my doctor's, everything that could affect my.

Surgery.

And recovery was totally analyzed. I appreciated that it put me more in tune with everything in my body, and I knew that the more info the doctor had, the better he could do his job. I was told I was a moderate risk, too, mainly because of the heart issue, but the cardiologist was all excited that I was going to go through with the.

Surgery.

And assured me that by doing so that things would improve drastically for me, especially my heart.... even when I was hooked up to all the machines just prior to being rolled into the OR, the anesthesiologist was reviewing my chart and reminding me that since this.

Surgery.

Was an elective, I was taking a big risk and that so many things could go wrong. And I kept thinking, but what's the alternative???? For me there was none....

So hang in there, be patient, and have every test you can possibly have... You'll do fine!..

answered May 09 at 21:14

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Lia
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Thanks... soon to be....

I guess if it takes longer to get there, that everything happens for a reason..

Val..

answered May 09 at 21:18

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Abby
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That means there's a chance that something COULD happen during the.

Surgery.

.. but if you don't have it then it is a certainty that something will happen because your issues will only continue to wear on your body until it gives up. There will be a lot of thoughts and prayers going out for you when it's your turn..

Krista..

answered May 09 at 22:20

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Pablo
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Sorry about the delay here - life has been a bit hectic..

ValNM - I'm at work right now and can't respond at length but I'll try to do so this evening. Just fyi, I had diabetes and high blood pressure for 14 years prior to GBS. Had a heart attack (MI) at age 46. Four.

Stents.

GBS at age 52. I'm now 14 months out and while it has been difficult it has also been very rewarding. More later..

Couple of questions in the meantime... do you have a permanent cardiologist? And have you ever worn a Holter Monitor?.

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holter.....

answered May 09 at 22:41

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Alyssa
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I am doing my preop stuff (will see the surgeon for the first time on Dec. 23) I was at an appointment with my family doctor and he was being very exact and careful. He will see be again after my labs come back. He said he wanted me to know that I was a moderate risk for.

Surgery.

I have asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes, have had chest pains but the stress test shows nothing. I expect all my conditions to get better from the.

Surgery.

..that is why I am doing this. I did have a little issue where I collapsed and went to ER but the EKG and the stress test showed nothing... in the ambulance was a blocked branch bunch bundle or something like that but it never showed up again. Does anyone know what this means that I am a moderate risk for.

Surgery.

?.

Val..

answered May 09 at 22:43

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Athena
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Thanks for the information. No permanent cardiologist. Just three times to ER and three stress tests and no explaination..

Sounds like I need a regular cardiologist. No I haven't worn a holter monitor, but I will ask about it..

Val..

answered May 09 at 23:00

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Bruce
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The surgeon will probably insist on a clearance from your cardologist. My.

Surgery.

Was postponed because during the preop testing I had an abnormal EKG, upon having a heart cath done they found 2 blockages -.

Stents.

Were put in to open it up. Had they not found them, my cardiologist said I may not have gotten up off the table from.

Surgery.

GBS saved my life before I ever had the.

Surgery.

..

Make SURE you are in the best possible health before going in for.

Surgery.

See a cardiologist - a good one!!..

answered May 09 at 23:18

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Kayden
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Good advice here already. I'd also go way deeper into getting a pulmonology report... Best wishes!..

answered May 09 at 23:32

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Mathew
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Really good advice, all of this. I am going to follow through with it and definitely going to see a pulmonologist since one of the issues my doctor is concerned with is my breathing during.

Surgery.

And I do remember 20 years ago feeling like I couldn't breath when I woke up from.

Surgery.

..

Val..

answered May 09 at 23:49

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Makenna
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I have a right bundle branch block, and no problems...

answered May 09 at 23:56

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Jared
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The reason I asked about the Holter monitor (basically a recording device for your heart's electrical activity that you wear for 2-4 days) is that cardiologist will often use them as a diagnostic tool for finding intermittent issues..

The stress tests would have turned up most kinds of blockages but there can be other causes for what you describe..

One of the keys for successful outcomes with GBS involves taking some of the responsibility for dotting all the i's and crossing all the t's. Don't depend solely upon your PCP or your bariatric program to ask everything that should be asked..

I would recommend asking around about well-respected cardiologists in your area and speak with her/him about your history prior to.

Surgery.

Make sure you take all relevant records, especially the reports from your ER visits and the radiology (images) from your stress tests. These records belong to you and the hospitals/doctors must provide you with copies; but you must give them sufficent time to gather and prepare such records, burn CDs..

It would not be silly (or in any way out of line) to ask an independent cardiologist to review your history prior to.

Surgery.

...

answered May 10 at 00:47

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Johan
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Thanks, Jerry, I was thinking along those lines and the surgeon brough up the holster monitor, though he did not require it to approve me. I think it is wise to follow through with this. Three times I have been to the ER with something and the stress tests find nothing. The paramedic seeing the bundle branch block (which I have learned is intermittent) is the first one to see anything. I think they all think I am just having an anxiety attack or something. However, my best friend died about a year ago after being sent home with some new meds by her cardiologist.

She had an intermittent problem too and I wonder if a holster monitor check would have saved her life..

The whole reason I am doing this.

Surgery.

Is to improve my health and extend my life. It would be darn silly to rush into the operation and miss something and drop dead on the table. I have some work related reasons that would make it easier for me to wait until mid-march anyway. I am going to be very careful with all of this. That is good advice, Jerry. In the mean time I can do whatever I can to loose weight, get healthier, get over my Medifast food addiction, take care of my diabetes and high cholesterol while I plan for a safer.

Surgery.

!.

Thanks again for your helpful advice..

Val..

answered May 10 at 01:17

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