Coronary Heart Disease

By Jarb Latest Reply 2011-03-17 09:11:16 -0500
Started 2010-12-28 09:37:45 -0600

I have just recently gone from having hight cholesterol to chest pains that after several tests resulted in an angiogram, angioplasty and two stents, end-to end. My question at this time is I have had a problem with being sensitive to cold for a long time, but since this latest hospitalization every now and then my hands and feet turn into icicles. Is this a result of my circulatiion due to the blockage or what, how do I get beter circulatiion to these areas. I can't even sit on them to get them warm without my hands then getting prickly like they're going numb and/or to sleep.

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HeartHawk 2010-12-29 11:15:10 -0600 Report


Here are some thing to consider.

  1. Heart disease is really a whole body disease and you could have blockages in your extremities. You doctor can test for this with simple, non-invasive tests like the Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) and ultrasound. My guess is he or she has already performed this common test. Ask!

  2. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be another culprit. Again, your doc can address this possibility and prescribe treatment (the ABI is also useful for diagnosing PAD). Ask!

3.Also, hypothyroidism can cause this (it also contributes greatly to heart disease). Most docs test something called TSH to check for this but many health advocates and docs now rely on Free T3 as the best measurement (in my case my TSH was fine but my Free T3 was still too low so I take a thyroid hormone replacement drug daily). Once again - ASK!

We must all work with our docs to treat ourselves. Remember they see and treat thousands of people and conditions each year. Only we have time to focus on ourselves. That is why I promote Informed, Self-directed Healthcare (ISH) and why I participate on sites like Alliance Heath to learn and share useful info!

Happy New Year!


Jarb 2010-12-29 16:03:19 -0600 Report

Thank you for the suggesstions. While I was in the hospital the nurses, doctors, techs, etc. all kept saying 'great pulse' in the fee anyway. I have had my thyroid checked usually every 3 years because it runs in the family; so far have been told everything is fine. I have it on my questions to ask the doctor as to why my hands and feet have been turning into white popsicles most every day now. I will see if anything is told me that can help me.

Holli7901 2011-03-17 09:11:16 -0500 Report

Jarb is so right…asking your doctor is always best!! I have an Aunt that had that problem (Grt Aunt) and her doc got her in with a physical therapist too. Just to get a few excersises to help increase circulation throughout the day. Her's was bad inthe morning and early evening. It helped along with the medication to stop clotting. :) :) Of course, it was grt to see an 83yr old strectching and doing low impact excersises…when my son was little he used to do them with her :)

HeartHawk 2011-01-02 11:24:22 -0600 Report


And make certain to have your doc order a Free T3 test. Most docs only do a TSH test and call it a day if the test comes back at 3.0 or less (some still cling to the thoroughly outdated notion that anything less than 10 is OK). Free T3 is what does all the work. TSH is just the hormone that stimulates the thyroid. It could be wrong or low for some other reason.


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