I worked on a construction job as a Crane operator after my 2nd heart attack. Yes. It was a sitting down job but I was working 10 to 12 hours a day 6 to 7 days a week for over 5 years, AFTER that 2nd heart attack. On one job for 2 months I was on over 500 MILLIgrams of iodine, a day, taking 200 MICROgrams of selenomethionine 4 times a day with 125 MILLIgrams of Iodine a day. (A total of 500 mg’s) I did this routine for two months and it did cure my bleeding ulcers. I felt energetic the whole time. I was never late for work and I made a lot of money. (The government did too, from the taxes I paid)
Blood work showed that my TSH eased down to 1.27 from the normal 1.37 it stays when I am on my maintenance dose of 100 MILLIigrams a day. So does one lose a lot of Iodine through their Urine? I did. The outdoor jiffy johnny’s (disgusting port-a-potties) were painted grey so every time I would pee in one I would paint the gallon sized urinal an almost solid white. (iodine salt) I would deliberately use different jiffy johnnys’ each day to see if I would exact my salt masterpieces on them and sure enough, all the urinals in over thirty different urinals displayed iodine Christmas snow that year. Actually it was November and December when I was on this particular job. It just proves that I was displacing a lot of iodine salt every 3 hours that I urinated. It doesn’t prove the exact amount. In all fairness to people with a normal heart, I don’t know what 500 MILLIgrams of elemental iodine, a day, for two months would do with the “selenomethionine” regimen. I was taking 800 MICROgrams of “it”. 200 to 400 MICROgrams is a safe limit for most folks.
I have had a lot of misfortune with heart doctors. I went to a 2nd and 3rd heart doctors, each, affiliated with their own large hospitals in Atlanta. (for a 2nd and third opinion) They were both in agreement with what the first doctors’ did. ( I did finally go to a fourth heart doctor and he was in wonderment why the other heart doctor waited almost 24 hours to go into my veins to unplaque me) My third stent, a medicated stent was placed in my LAD artery almost 24 hours after my heart attack. Why am I mentioning the fact regarding the 24 hour period. Because STUDIES have shown that after a patients has stabilized that (meds in place of the stents) are just as effective. So the good doctors put a Taxus Stent in me and put me on Plavix, one of several other drugs, as well with bad side effects. Coumadin would be added several months later, after the very large clot formed in my heart.
Defying Conventional Wisdom, Boston Scientific Admits Taxus Stent Causes Blood Clots but not Heart Attacks or Strokes
Posted on September 8, 2006 by newsinferno
Safety concerns over drug-coated stents used for angioplasty procedures began are nothing new. Fear of blood clots and other complications associated with these stents began to surface shortly after the new devices came to market. However, two recent developments have doctors and patients contemplating if the devices should be used at all. Data presented at a recent European cardiology meeting has convinced some researchers that drug-coated stents do increase the risk of blood clots. And just yesterday, Boston Scientific admitted that their <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/boston_scientific_taxus_stent">Taxus drug-coated stent increases the risk of blood clots, but denied these clots increased the risk of heart attack or stroke. Admitting that Taxus stents cause blood clots, but not heart attacks or strokes has left many medical professionals quite confused, since it is widely known that blood clots can cause both of these life threatening conditions.
Perhaps Boston Scientific is worried about what life would look like if drug-coated stents were no longer used. It is estimated that Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson generated over $5 billion in drug-coated stent sales last year alone. Losing a vital revenue stream could be devastating for Boston Scientific. Wall Street is still wary about the company acquisition of Guidant, who is facing numerous lawsuits from patients who received faulty defibrillators and pacemakers. Boston Scientific also faces new competition in the stent market from Abbott Laboratories, Medtronic and Conor Medsystems.
Johnson & Johnson brought the first drug-coated stent,
<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/johnson_johnson_cypher_stent">Cypher, to market over three years ago. Drug-coated stents were introduced to combat restinosis, re-clogging of the arteries, that was common with plain metal stents. Restinosis often required the need for secondary angioplasty. Drug-coated stents, like Taxus and Cypher, use a drug and polymer coating to prevent Restinosis, making the need for secondary angioplasty less frequent.
Due to growing concern about blood clots, many doctors prescribe blood thinners for long periods of time after a drug-coated stent is used. However, the use of blood thinners also comes with risk.
<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/plavix">Plavix, a drug commonly prescribed to angioplasty patients, has been linked with serious ulcers. Other popular blood thinners, including Heparin and Lovenox, also come with a long list of potential side effects. The longer the blood thinners are prescribed, the greater the risk of experiencing their side effects.
Defying Conventional Wisdom, Boston Scientific Admits Taxus Stent Causes Blood Clots but not Heart Attacks or Strokes | NewsInferno
Information on Simvastatin/Amiodarone
So the FDA warned Wyeth about the dangers of Amiodarone in 2004 and they released the info 9 months later. Before I was started on it and Plavix. (an ulcer causing drug) I was told the pylori bacteria caused mine. Strangely from what I have read everybody has some pylori floating around. Again I was put on Coumadin several months later after my heart clot formed.
Amiodarone Induced Pulmonary Toxicity-Death - Topix
My heart Doctors seemed to do all the wrong things.
So my whole point is; see a doctor because you have to get certain tests done routinely, to make a determination as to which course of action you want for yourself and or your doctor to take. Whether it be iodine supplement, surgery's, etc... So read, read, read, and don’t ever totally believe as I did that most Doctors have your health in mind, instead of your wallet.