Just some brief background. I'm a 35 year old male with no prior history of heart problems. I do have some family history - grandfather who died at age 46 and an aunt who died at 51 - both of heart attacks.
I 'was' a smoker with a poor diet living a sedentary lifestyle. However - my BP generally stayed around 100/60 with a resting heart rate of 60. My cholesterol and triglycerides aren't high. I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I'm 185 at 5' 9" - far from obese.
Recently - 5 weeks ago - I began experiencing chest pains. They would come and go at various times and I couldn't put my finger on anything in particular that would trigger them. I went to the local urgent care. The EKG they ran was normal. Their diagnosis was stress / panic attacks. I don't fault them given the information available.
During the week of Christmas - chest pains continued. Had an Echo with a Cardiologist on a Monday that was normal. Went back for a stress test on Tuesday. Chest pains near the end of the treadmill with irregular EKG's. Came close to a heart attack in the Cardiologist office. He sent me straight to the hospital for a Cardiac Cath. The cath revealed 3 major blockages, the worst being my RCA at 99% blocked. Had one stent during that cath then another cath on Thursday of that week with two more stents. Went home on Christmas Eve.
Needless to say I was shocked. In many ways - I still am in a state of shock. As I would get up an walk the halls of the hospital when I was able - I didn't see anyone my age.
Anyone in your 30's (early / middle / late - doesn't matter . . .) out there with the same scenario? How are you coping? Was it a major shock to the system for you?
Also - Anyone out there with recent stents on Effient? Thoughts?View Thread
It's been five years for me now since my heart attack and stents. It's still something I think about but with time, you learn to start living again. It's not something you ever forget. I have my annual check up at my cardiologist and take my daily Plavix. Fortunately, I've had no problems in the past five years since.
Hang in there! It gets better and easier. Listen to your cardiologist. And here's another vote for cardiac rehab. You'll learn a out in there but most important, it helped me to be around people going through similar events. Best of luck!View Thread
Glad you were able to get to the hospital and get the problem addressed. I remember walking through the halls at the hospital after my MI and stents and wondering what in the hell I was doing there. Everyone I saw was in their 50's and 60's. Everyone looked at me odd and all the nurses wondered why I was there. It was the same way with Cardiac rehab. Met some great people in rehab though who really helped me despite the age difference.View Thread
Been quite a while since you posted this, but just to let you know - it does get better. Time heals a lot of the mental scars. It will be 2 years here in a couple of months and I would be lying if I said I don't still think about it, but it doesn't have me living in fear. Life goes on and hopefully it has for you. Hope you are doing well.View Thread
Still hanging around. Is your doc going to take you off anti-platlets altogether? My cardiologist told me I'm pretty much on effient (or something like it) for the rest of my life. He mentioned switching me to Plavix once it goes generic.
Both stents were in the same artery? How did the others look?View Thread