Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:25 PM
So, I went to my PCP for my pre-op clearance appointment yesterday and got some news I am not so sure what to do with. She used her stethoscope and listened to my neck. She kept listening to the left side several times. She told me that I have a Carotid Bruit (pronounced brewey or broot). It is an extra sound made in the artery by the blood flowing through it. Normally these are from plaque build up in the artery or something. I have never been diagnosed with high cholesterol, but I wouldn't be surprised if I have it. She told me that she isn't very concerned by it, but I still have to get it checked out before she will clear me for surgery. I am scheduled for an ultrasound tomorrow afternoon. I am super nervous about this. Not only that it will delay surgery, but that I may need some kind of other procedure to fix this. I looked on the National Health Institute's website (big mistake, I know..now I am freaking out!) and the treatments vary from stents to angioplasty! I am 32! I have several risk factors for heart disease (obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, family history). SO SCARED!!
Posted 19 December 2012 - 06:21 AM
Posted 19 December 2012 - 02:23 PM
Best of luck to you and I will be thinking aout you until we hear an update.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 01:35 AM