Inoperable Heart Disease- Tips For Finding Solutions
A diagnosis of inoperable heart disease can be discouraging. A heart condition may be difficult to live with. Minimally invasive bloodless heart surgery may offer options that may not be possible with traditional methods. The treatment options available are dependent upon a number of conditions, including both your own physical health and the scope of experience of the doctors dealing with your case.
Inoperable Heart Disease
Each patient’s case is decided individually. There are steps you’ll need to take when facing a diagnosis of inoperable heart disease. It’s important not to panic or lose hope. Even if your case isn’t a good candidate for surgical options, there are many treatments available that can extend and improve the quality of your life. Ask questions. Request that the medical doctor in charge of your case and your surgeon explain exactly why your case is considered “inoperable.” Be sure to write down the details of their answers. Obtain copies of all of your diagnostic records, including imaging- CAT scans, catheterizations, echocardiograms, EKG and other reports. Gather copies of all the reports pertinent to your case, including blood test and other results.
Heart disease is not a completely-understood condition. There are many aspects that doctors have to make their best educated and trained guesses about the potential outcomes of treatment options. While you’re gathering your records, reach out for a second opinion. Seek a second opinion. Gather your information and bring it to the new doctor, so that they may evaluate your case fully and to avoid repeating expensive testing. Ask your doctor to speak with the second opinion. You have every right to question decisions that impact your life so strongly, and your doctor should be glad to discuss your case with another surgeon. Set up an appointment with your second opinion for a physical exam so they can determine your eligibility for themselves.
Living with a heart condition can be frightening, but there’s no need to accept defeat! It may be possible that another surgeon has experience that your first physician wasn’t aware of. Moving forward with seeking a second opinion can open up options you may not have considered. Discuss the risk/benefit balance with the second opinion. Discuss potential treatment options, including possible surgical options. Get feedback from close family and friends to help provide you support and feedback when making your decision. Finally. The most important step- never give up! Your life is too important. Contact Dr. Ciuffo today, to learn more about minimally invasive heart surgery and how it has the potential to change your life.