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Colonoscopy

Colonoscopy

I am now due for my colonoscopy, my last one was five years ago, (had a small polyp) removed, since then I have developed heart issues, Dissection of an artery, CHF, (low EF), and had to have an ICD. I am afraid to be put to sleep for the procedure with the colonoscopy. Have anyone had their colonoscopy, with CHF and an ICD? Thanks.

3 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Yep ,had one done rite b4 the Covid 19 shut down & had no problems, I have congestive heart failure with stage 3 kidney disease and high blood pressure and defibrillator implant, my colonoscopy went well ,nothing to be alarm about .

3 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

MsB I just had one last week. I have CHF, afib, three stents, and other issues. They said I did just fine. A little touch and go at first, BP soared to 221 and I blame the prep for that. It is very hard on me, I told dr that and he still prescribed the gal of junk to drink. Someone on this site said there is a pill prep that is more gentle and if I have to have another one (and I will, had 4 polyps) I will insist on it. You’ll do fine, it’s just something no one looks forward to!!

3 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Yes, I asked heart center. They said if its recommended or needed i need to have one. I feared it but was ok. 3 years ago. I went into arrhythmia after they gave me iv but heart corrects itself and later went in and no sweat.

3 months ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I had a colonoscopy in anesthesiologist anesthesiologiJune and I had Iv sedation or Twilight sleep which relaxes you but does not put you under. For this test at least in the Chicago area I live in Niles Illinois the anesthesiologist did not use a general anesthesia however I did fall asleep. It was a natural sleep I was even dreaming LOL. I was so surprised to wake up in the hospital I was dreaming I was at home. I didn't steal a thing and they also did a endoscopy at the same time. I am so glad I slept through the whole thing. You could ask them to use a light sedation that is heart friendly they should have it they have all kinds of different medications. That are used for sedation. You have to talk to your doctor. I have lots of health problems in lung problems epilepsy so they use them and anesthesia that was helpful to these problems and I came out okay. I hope this might helps. I wish you the best. Cynthia 4:26

4 days ago
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I completed a Colonoscopy this Tuesday. My physcian prescribed the Gavilyte-C preparation solution with a lemon packet. This solution was not bad tasting and allowed full consumption if the 64 ounces. This worked very well, fairly gentle, and was not a harsh intake, or expell process, as with previous solutions (i.e. Phos Soda or Miralax mixes). I incurred no issues with either my heart during the preparation process, nor the actual Colonoscopy procedure. Though I was given an IV, it was only to receive the Anesthia, and I received no drip prior to or after the procedure.

about 2 months ago

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