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Old 11-20-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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Please READ THIS if you have unexplained chest discomfort or pain

Ok, it seems lately more and more posts coming here asking what they should do if they have chest pains and their blood work and EKG looks good. My answer to these good people is ALWAYS the same;
First and formost I know because I went thru the pain and hospital and Dr telling me " all is well, EKG is perfect, ECHO is perfect, blood work is better than perfect, blood pressure 109/60, weight to height perfect, you have a pulled muscle"
Only after KNOWING my body and something was wrong and DEMANDING an apt with a known good cardiolgist did he do HID OWN tests including an echo stress test that he was righ by my side for did he see someting wrong,after an angio THAT DAY, I found my "pulled muscle" was a 98% blocked LAD !!!
So the moral of this story is NOONE here can give you any better advise than this,IF you feel something is wrong do NOT take a GP's answer as 100%.
IF I had done that I may NOT be here right now....
IF you get the cardio apt and he gives you the clear then you can pretty much rest assured you are ok..
The ango is gold standard for seeing blocked arteries, the nuclear and echo stress are behind that but when doen by a qualifed cardio Dr and he is right there while you are doing it this is the next best thing...
AGAIN this is the best advise anyone can give you .....dont mess with chest pain even IF you think you are in top shape...I was running 4 miles a day and biking around 25-50 miles every other day......

 
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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Re: Please READ THIS if you have unexplained chest discomfort or pain

First of all, thanks for the post. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Do you have a history of heart problems in your family? I'm just amazed that you had that kind of blockage with all of that physical exercise you mentioned. My dad has heart disease, so of course I worry about it. Unfortunately in my case I have chest pains frequently due to anxiety as well. How long ago did this happen to you, and how have you been since? What lifestyle changes did you make as opposed to prior to the procedure? Thanks again!

 
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Re: Please READ THIS if you have unexplained chest discomfort or pain

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First of all, thanks for the post. If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Do you have a history of heart problems in your family? I'm just amazed that you had that kind of blockage with all of that physical exercise you mentioned. My dad has heart disease, so of course I worry about it. Unfortunately in my case I have chest pains frequently due to anxiety as well. How long ago did this happen to you, and how have you been since? What lifestyle changes did you make as opposed to prior to the procedure? Thanks again!

Im 52 was 51 when it happened, it was Oct 8th 2010, a day I will always remember
Younger Brother had the same blockage, he endedup with 3 way bypass after several stents..
I seem to be doing ok now, still run/bike everyday, passed an echo and nuclear stress test in April and August of 2011.
I had already made lifestyle prior to the stent, I eat good and exersise everyday !

 
Old 01-24-2012, 12:36 PM   #4
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My dad was 51 as well. I'm trying to learn from his incident and have been exercising alot, and eating whats right. Hopefully I can avoid it altogether, but I know genes play a certain role. Anyway, glad everything is going well, and thanks again for the post!

 
Old 01-26-2012, 07:27 PM   #5
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I am 49 and in top physical condition. No family history, low cholesterol, exercise every day and ate pretty well. Ended up with a semi emergency angioplasty and two DES for a bifurcated lesion of LAD and first diagonal in November 2011. Shocked beyond all belief is all I can say.

Still having post stent procedure pain which is bugging me. Been back to emergency room twice but seems everything checks out. Still, its weird to feel so much worse post stent than I did pre stent.

Oh well.

 
Old 01-27-2012, 05:59 AM   #6
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Re: Please READ THIS if you have unexplained chest discomfort or pain

there hould NOT be any pain from the stent, sometimes our brains kick in and tell us there is pain, I know it sounds weird but...Good luck. My surgeon told me the day before me he stented a 28 yr old girl !!! Remember women are usually protected ( pre menopausal ) due to their estrogen

 
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