Well, That’s Annoying.

In a previous article I outlined the Implantable Loop Recorder. I pretty much covered the basics of what it does and how it was installed. Here I will go over what it is like to live with. Let me start with the fact that I now have a device implanted in my body that is…

Artery Harvesting

For most folks that undergo a by-pass surgery, the arteries are harvested from the groin and leg areas. In Men, a lot of times the Left Internal Mammary Artery (LIMA) is used as it is not needed by men. This is done once the chest cavity is already open but is a bit intrusive from what…

Living In (and with) Fear

This is the hard one to discuss for me personally. It is not common knowledge and I share it a little more as time goes on. 2 months after my open heart surgery, I started getting arrhythmia issues. Let me take a moment to back up here… The day I went to the hospital, I…

Chicks Dig Scars… Right?

I apologize to my wife for this article as she is a private person and I know this will embarrass her a bit. But I must remind everyone that this is a cautionary tale. This is a warning to those that have an opportunity to avoid these things. Every day sees me come closer to…

Things Open Heart Survivors Don’t Always Share

There are a lot of things that most of us Open Heart survivors would rather forget. These are the last things we want to discuss when it comes to what we have been through. I suppose it is our own little form of PTSD. As always, who would I be if I was not up…

Oh, so you’ve met Frank then!?!

This is what happens when you get prepped for surgery. They wake you up at 04:30 in the morning for reasons I am still unsure of. At around 06:00 they wheel you down to meet the “Prep Tech”. My Prep Tech was named Frank and was running late and was very concerned about this. So…

Why did I have a Heart Attack at 39 years old?

There are a lot of reasons I suppose. But let me cover the basics here Genetics – My Father died at the age of 47 due to heart related issues His Father died at the age of 53 also due to heart related issues His Father died at the age of 47 due to heart…

How it all started

Tuesday September, 22nd, I had one of the worst days in the office I could remember in a long time. For the rest of the day, I kept getting what I could only describe as a “nervous” feeling in my throat,/top of my stomach, followed by tightness in my chest and harder (not faster) than…

My Implantable Loop Recorder

On March 29th, 2016, I had the above device installed in my chest. It’s purpose, to record my heartbeat in hopes of pinpointing the cause of the reoccurring arrhythmia. This is a non graphic video of how it is installed. On March 31st… Swelling has gone down where they put the loop recorder in. Now, when…

Sleeping after Open Heart Surgery

Ever since my heart attack, I struggle a lot more with sleep. At first it was because I was in a lot of pain from the open heart surgery. Then, it was because I was wearing the life vest defibrillator thing and it was all sweaty and tight all the time. Now, I have no…

When The Medical Bills Arrive

Some of the things that make me shake my head about all this ongoing heart condition issue revolves around the financials. When I was in the Emergency Room and everyone thought it was a novelty that I could tell them I was going into Ventricular Tachycardia before the EKG picked it up, one Cardiologist had…