I'm a 64-yr-old woman with CAD; I have three stents. One attempt failed, and my LAD cannot be stented or used in a bypass because it's so narrow and crooked. My most recent stent was put in May 2013. I got some unstable angina in early December and the cardiologist insisted I get an angiogram. He found no blockages. I think it happened because of an exercise I was doing, but who knows. It's gotten better and I only get a sharp attack when I overexert. I'm not doing much, though; no energy and some days I get angina if I just walk across the room. My question is: If I get unstable angina again, and they've pretty much said there's not much they can do, should I even bother to call the doc or go to the hospital? I know it's kind of a strange question, but if I'm going to die from this thing I'd so much rather do it at home. Second question is, he put me on Protonix, and I'm on Plavix. He says it's safe. Any feedback on that? Thank you very, very much. GinaView Thread
I've posted here before but had to re-join today for some reason. Anyway, I'm a middle-aged female with CAD, and I've got two stents and a balloon. I still have a diseased artery, and my doc couldn't stent it when I had my angioplasty about 2 mos. ago, so I've been waiting for him to try again. I've been taking isoprobide for angina, and am doing okay but not terrific. This morning my cardiologist phoned and said he was considering offering me a treatment called EECP. He said it would probably lessen and possibly even end the angina. He said I shouldn't have it unless the angina is really bothering me, and for me to think about it.
The angina is not strong, and with the isosorbide I haven't had to take any nitro except twice. The worst has been the fear of having a heart attack, and when I did get chest pain I would get fear which would make it hard for the chest pain to go away.
Has anyone had any experience with this or know anything about it? I sure would appreciate some feedback. I meet with the cardio in 8 days. Thanks! GinaView Thread
Dr. Beckerman, thanks so much. But I don't understand why, if there are new ports (so to speak) to move blood to the heart, it would not reduce the risk of a heart attack? Is it truly just for symptoms? I would like to work out, walk faster, etc. -- I can only do limited exercise now in order to avoid chest pains. I take isoprobide in order to do just the limited activity.
The artery is not one he could stent because of its shape and how gunked-up it is, nor could he do a bypass on it. So -- if I did have a heart attack, what would be the options for getting me through it alive?