CABBAGE "4" (C)ardiac (A)rtery (B)ypass (G)raft
by M. J. M.
I sure never knew I was a "CABG 4" until four and a half months ago. The home healthcare nurse showed up at my house for the first time and explained it to me because I had no idea how to answer her when she asked me that question.
There is some family history of heart problems but I run 3 or 4 miles four days a week and walk. I am not overweight and do not smoke or drink. I also ate what I wanted because I tried to run everything off. I never thought I had to much to worry about.
I mentioned to the doctor during a routine physical that I would get a small cramp in my left arm only when I ran and I did not feel it until a quarter of a mile into my run. I never had chest pain, tightness in the chest or throat, pain running up and down arms or dizziness. My doctor said just to be sure get a stress echo test. I ran as usual and scheduled the test a few weeks out. At the conclusion of the test the doctor said go home and get a tooth brush and meet me in the emergency room.
Two days later I had a quadruple bypass. The doctors say it is most likely genetics when you have that much coronary artery disease with my set of circumstances. I realize how lucky I am to have no heart damage with that much blockage. Get everything checked out!! I've been running for a month now. Thanks.