by Tina James
I am a 42 year old female who in October 2011 had three coronary and a left subclavian bypass. I have smoked cigarettes since I was 14 years old and have a strong family history of cardiac disease. I am a very physically active person 5'4" and 145lbs. I walked over 400 miles last summer alone. I have had Neurocardiogenic Syndrome since I was 26 years old. I thought my recent bouts of not feeling well were due to the NCS. After changing beta blockers and waiting for improvement of symptoms. I discovered that there was a seventy point difference in my right and left arms blood pressures. I went in for a CT angio which showed a 3cm blockage of my left sublclavian. I went in for stenting and got a cardiac cath while in for stenting. Cardiologist came back out and said you need bypass. Surgery was rough, but I do feel better. My stamina is coming back. I have quit smoking. Surgery helped with that, yu can't smoke while you are on the ventilator.haha Oh, well better late than never.