I made the mistake of soliciting another opinion from a cycling buddy of mine, who also happens to be a [pediatric] cardiologist, concerning my angiogram. I say mistake, not because of any fallout that occurred, because none did, but because he provided some additional information I think I might have been better off not knowing.
It just so happened he talked to one of the cardiologist Fellows at the VA, who was familiar with my case, and was able to gain greater insight into my condition than he was able to ascertain from the information I sent him.
Simply put, what I got from his explanation this morning (which I readily admit may not be a correct take on his explanation), is there’s an artery (maybe the circumflex, I don’t really remember) that branches off into two other arteries, and there is blockage in all three. Apparently it’s something very unusual, which further explains the [older] attending cardiologists question, during my angiogram, if I ever had radiation treatment for my lymphoma, because he hadn’t seen it before in the absence of such treatments.
Certainly doesn’t sound promising, and does this make it a triple bypass, as opposed to the double bypass surgery I was expecting? I don’t really know, and I’m not so sure I want to know, or if it even makes any difference. The thought of that has resulted in my back hurting again, identical to pain which occurred when I was informed I was having my angiogram the next day.
At lease he was able put my mind at ease about the quality of cardiologists at the Long Beach VA, as well those who would be performing the bypass surgery in LA (assuming that is it is approved of course). They all come highly regarded in the cardiology community.
He also reiterated the point I shouldn’t be riding, and added I might consider becoming a vegetarian. Two more things I didn’t want to hear.