I had an angioplasty 2 years ago. I had 3 stents put in 2 vessels which had 90% and 95% blockages. When I had started with angina at exercise a few months previously I was diagnosed with genetic very high cholesterol and triglycerides ....thus my problems. I was then only 54 and a slim female with a healthy lifestyle, excellent diet, keen exerciser, non-smoker. Since my angioplasty I have had no angina with exercise
and now do brisk walking, and use my exercise bike, rower & stepper with no problem.
But in the last 6 months I have had about 6 episodes of waking in the night with angina-like chest pain.
My breathing is normal and I do not feel stressed when this comes on. It is like a massive weight on my chest and tracks up right side of my neck. I just lie calmly and wait and wait for it to go. It lasts about 4 to 6 minutes then slowly lifts and releases....feeling much as my exertional angina used to when that "lifted". Then I feel fine.
I do not suffer from indigestion at all.
I have read that angina at rest may be due to spasm of the coronary arteries. Might this be the case?
I take aspirin and cholesterol lowering medication. I am due to see my CHD nurse for annual check-up in August and am reluctant to make a fuss and go any earlier. We are due to move house to 200 miles away in the next few weeks so I am inclined to maybe mention it to my new doctors once we have moved, as when we register we will have to have an introductory appointment.
I reckon I am fairly safe to wait until then. Maybe I should be going back on beta-blockers or something. But an episode once every few weeks seems to be not very much.
Anyone with any ideas about it?