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Ask Dr. Gott 2/22
Stent implant leaves reader breathless
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: In May 2006, I had a stent implanted in my heart. Since that time, I have had shortness of breath. I also occasionally have to stop and take one or several deep breaths while doing a variety of activities such as bending over, carrying light loads (up to about 10 pounds), going up and down stairs and many more.
    When I visited my heart specialist following my surgery and told him about the situation, he would only say it was anxiety. He continued to ignore my list of incidences and maintained it was anxiety. I have had anxiety before on various occasions, such as when my car was totaled, but I never had to stop and take deep breaths. I explained that this only began after my stent surgery and that I thought it was something other than anxiety.
    Should I ask for a second opinion, or is this normal after receiving a stent? Do I just have to live with it?
    I have had a chemical thallium chloride stress test. To quote from my family doctor's report, it said "No definite evidence for ischemia on today's examination." I hope this helps you to help me.
    DEAR READER: Shortness of breath can be a sign of ineffective contractions of the heart muscle, known as congestive heart failure. It can also reflect anemia and lung problems such as blood clots, emphysema and other disorders. Although your heart workup was normal, you need further testing, and I agree that a second opinion is in order. Ask your family doctor to refer you to an internal-medicine specialist.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Coronary Artery Disease."

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I consider Vicks VapoRub a wonder drug because I have used it successfully in many ways. However, I have found that store-brand versions work just as well. I use Wal-Mart's Equate medicated chest rub instead of Vicks VapoRub. It costs less and works just as well.
    I have used it for nail fungus, athlete's foot, jock itch and various insect bites and stings. No medicine cabinet is complete without it. Thanks for recommending it in the first place.
    DEAR READER: If the store brands work as well as Vicks, so much the better. Thank you for the tip.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Compelling Home Remedies."
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