Nancy Geoghegan
on 1/10/18 3:29 pm - Lincoln University, PA
RNY on 01/23/18

Hi All: I am days away from surgery, on my preop diet and I went to the cardiologist today for clearance. Had my ekg. Then the doc came in and said that since I have diabetes and a family history of heart disease I had to have an echo cardiogram and a nuclear stress test on the tread mill. I must say I was surprised and a bit let down because I thought that this was the last thing I had to do before the surgery. I right out asked him if there was anything wrong and was told no, just my family history and diabetes.

I do realize the he is probably just trying to take good care of me but.....

Have any of you had to do this before the RNY? Have any of you had heart problems and still had the RNY?

Thanks for any input.

Nancy Geoghegan

on 1/10/18 5:52 pm - Philadelphia, PA
RNY on 04/28/15

The only thing that seems odd is that your surgeon would schedule surgery, and put you on the pre-op diet without already having cardiac clearance.

Cardiac doc seems like he's simply be thorough.

But no, I didn't have heart problems or need cardiac clarance.

5'6.5" High weight:337 Lowest weight:193/31 BMI: Goal: 195-205/31-32 BMI

Amy R.
on 1/10/18 5:53 pm

Don't have time to give any details but yes to both of your questions.

on 1/10/18 7:48 pm
RNY on 02/15/18

I had an echo, but it was done before surgery was (is being) scheduled. My surgeon doesn't schedule until all evaluations and clearances are passed. I didn't have any heart issues

HW: 340 SW: 329 Goal: 150

CW: 250

Surgeon: Dr. Kalyana Nandipati (Omaha, NE)

Nancy Geoghegan
on 1/10/18 8:16 pm - Lincoln University, PA
RNY on 01/23/18

My surgeon's office made me wait until I had a surgery date. All happened fast.

Nancy Geoghegan

on 1/11/18 4:52 am
RNY on 08/04/15

I have a sister who died at age 43 due to heart problems. My brother was in ICU for months for congested heart failure and only had about 35% working. They scheduled him for RNY 4 months later. It has been 4 years and his heart is doing much better after he lost 150 pounds.

I did not have heart problems, but I used the same surgeon as my brother and he did not require any heart tests. I did not have high blood pressure or any problems except overweight and pre-diabetic.

Age 61 5'4" Consult-6/2/15: 238 SW-8/4/15: 210 CW:145 (6/30/18) M1-16#, M2-17#, M3-14#, M4-10#, M5-6#, M6-5#, M7-1#, M8 -3# Range 133-138 DexaScan 4/16/17 19% body fat---- 2016 wt avg 142-146, 2017, wt. avg 132-136, 2018 avg weight 144-146 bounce back is real.

CerealKiller Kat71
on 1/11/18 6:21 am
RNY on 12/31/13

I was required a cardiac clearance and had no history of heart disease at all.

I actually believe this is a sign of a good program.

"What you eat in private, you wear in public." --- Kat

Sparklekitty, Hag of Science
on 1/11/18 7:10 am
VSG on 12/10/13

Agreed. It means that they want to be extra-safe, and ensure that your heart is healthy enough to handle the anesthesia!

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Nancy Geoghegan
on 1/11/18 9:52 am - Lincoln University, PA
RNY on 01/23/18

Thank you all!

Nancy Geoghegan

on 1/11/18 5:36 pm
RNY on 06/03/15

yes, I had them. My surgeon required it of all patients over age 50 and for those under 50 who'd had previous heart problems (I've never had any heart problems, but I was over 50 when I had surgery).

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

Plastic Surgery 08/10/18 and 12/07/18 by Lawrence Zachary (Chicago, IL)