No, He has no symptoms at all, trust me. I have been around him for a decent amount of time, especially since this happened. He has felt a little fatigued over the last couple of months, but everyone knows fatigue can be anything. What upset my friend so much about it is that he has never had any symptoms,or any of the telling signs that he was having heart trouble. No Chest pain, no edema, no abn. wt. gain. And now, he is suddenly on the edge of dying. It's not easy. Hell, the day before he passed out, he walked a 3 mile hike turkey hunting without any chest pain or shortness of breath. I do not believe he is denying symptoms at all. He is a truthful person, and sort of a worrier too.
I've agreed with the idea of seeing another heart doc. at a cutting edge facility, and I believe someone might take the chance to PTCA that LAD with his low EF. My theory is to put in an IABP, and then do a PTCA, and if the PTCA goes awry, take him to the OR(what choice would u have really). I'm not sure he would make it through heart surgery, but I don't see many other options. I've also thought about a MIDCABG. The reason to wait is to do a stress test in about 3-4 weeks, and see if his heart is viable enough to undergo CABG. So they're treating him medically for awhile, hoping his heart will get stronger, and they will probably do surgery on him. The surgeon here even said he will have a rough time post-operatively. Personally, I think it will be less rough at a bigger place, where they can get to him quicker if something happens. My friend really likes the surgeon here because she has a personal relationship with him, and the nursing staff also. I feel the opposite sort of whereas I think other factors could hinder the care he is going to get. I believe if a complication arose he would be attended to quicker, and I also think he might get better medical care elsewhere. I just don't know how to convince her of that fact. Any ideas? I've told her about getting a second opinion, and then deciding on what to do, but I don't think she wants to put her father through that.
Thanks all for your words.