Heart Catherization with stent placement in LAD

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   Posted 6/7/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
about 4 days ago, I had a medicated stent placement procedure done.  I am a 38 year old female who had to be very persistent with my cardiologist and others about my symptoms and a resolution.  I am not overweight and appeared to be in good health.  My symptoms included chest pain, radiating pain in my neck up into my ear, jaw pain, tingling and numbness in my hands, left arm pain, extreme tiredness, PVC's with a cough, and knowing my body well enough to know something had changed within the last few months.  My doctor kept telling me I was hyperventilating, which was so far from the truth.  My father had his first heart attack at 41, his brother at 39, his sister at 41, and other siblings has had stents and/or open heart surgery in their 40's.  My mother had 6 blockages and had open heart surgery about 8 weeks ago.  With my persistance, they decided to do a stress test on me.  That came back normal.  Just a lot of PVC's.  I informed them that my father had a ekg, and echo stress test done and it came back normal and he went home that evening and had a massive heart attack.  I asked my doctor to perform a cardiac cat scan, where he found what he said a soft plaque blockage of 30-50%.  He gave me some nitroglycerin and told me to take that next time I experienced the chest pain.  I did that, and it stopped the pain for a short time which then returned.  His nurse told me to go to the ER, where they admitted me and set me up for the heart catherization the following day.  They found a 75% blockage in the LAD artery, and it took 400 psig to open the artery (which was supose to be soft plaque and 30-50% blocked).  I was informed after the procedure that many women with actual heart related problems often pass stress tests.  Many test actually come back normal and heart caths are the most accurate way of diagnosing blockages.  I write this to let women know that you need to be persistent with your cardiologist.  You know your body better than they do, and if you feel something is wrong follow that instinct till the end. 
For those facing the heart catherization/stent procedure.  I was really nervous going into it.  It is actually a very easy procedure.  I did have a lot of discomfort as they inflated the balloon and when they inserted the tube.  The other part about the procedure was the pressure they apply to the entrance area to stop the bleeding.  That was a little rough.  But really glad it was done. 

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 6/17/2009 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you on Plavix with aspirin? If not, get on it. I've had 3 heart attacks in the last 3 years, was strongly advised to get my doctor's prescription for Plavix filled but I didn't because of the cost. Eleven months after the 1st attack, I had another clot which formed inside the 1st medicated stent put in the previous year. Still I didn't take Plavix. This past April, I had a 3rd attack - same big frontal artery - with another clot INSIDE the 2nd stent. So a 3rd stent was placed. This time, I filled the prescription. I'll just have to make spending cuts somewhere so I can pay for it. But my point is that clots have made a beeline for that single artery (all other arteries are relatively clear) and I now have a stent within a stent within a stent! But I'm religiously taking my Plavix and aspirin every day.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It's sad that people sometimes don't fill the doctors' prescriptions because of economic factors. Not taking the medicines that the doctor has prescribed will cause more expenses or death due to the complications that can occur.  If you can't afford the medicine and therefore you plan to skip it, let the doctor know.

Post Edited (cello) : 6/23/2009 5:39:19 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/23/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the note, cello. I actually did tell my cardiologist that I couldn't afford the Plavix. He said he would look into any programs out there to help with the cost. He thinks my primary care doctor can get the pharma company to give me a break. I'm skeptical.

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   Posted 8/9/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was paying over $4oo per month for meds after my heart stent placement in July 2006, I asked my Dr for priscription's that I faxed to CANADAMEDICINESHOP.COM and the same drugs were $180. Ask your Dr for orders so you can order 3months of your drugs at a time.
I would like to also mention that I adopted the advice of Dr joel Fuhrman, who wrote "EAT TO LIVE" and I have never looked back. My cardiologist had to keep reducing my meds as my cholesterol level and blood pressure kept dropping , on Dr Fuhrman's diet.
I run 20+ miles a week and over 30 miles a week on a road bike. .
I have only needed an annual checkup the past two years.
Drugs are required but can be reduced over time, and possibly eliminated eventually.
Thank you .BC

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   Posted 8/16/2009 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a stent to my LAD at age 42. If i had waited and went to my doctor instead of the ER I would not be here because he said he would have done the first 2 tests (EKG & blood test) and sent me home and I would have died of a massive heart attack within 2 weeks. The ER doc did the first 2 that showed nothing and then he said he thought that my problems probably were my other health problems because I didn't have alot of the risk factors but he just didn't feel right about letting me go until he did a treadmill stress test and that's when the blockage showed up. I only had shortness of breath and left shoulder blade pain. I have asthma and have had issues with pain in that shoulder in the past. I went to the ER because I thought my asthma was beyond my control because my rescue inhaler was not working for the shortness of breath. Well just thought I would let you know my story in the hopes that it helps save a life. Oh I take Plavix ever since the stent was placed in 1/4/05 because my stomach can not handle the aspririn at all. I can't take statins because of my stomach either. I am very careful about what I eat. Low fat and no transfats or high fructose corn syrup. No white bread, pasta or rice. I also take fish oil, flax, lecithin and coQ10 as well as fiber chews and last year when they thought my asthma problems were my heart and went in to do a cath I was told my arteries and stent is pristine. I was told to keep on doing what I'm doing and losing weight. Barb 
My laundry list of diseases include, Ulcetive Colitis, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD stent to LAD 1/4/05, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back and cysts on ovaries. Also chronic pain from a moped accident 11/9/07 which left me with back, hand, knee and foot problems. 
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   Posted 8/16/2009 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   

Most pharmaceutical companies have programs to assist with costs if you meet their criteria. Here is the one for Bristol-Myers Squibb, which produces Plavix:


If you need information on other drugs, you can usually find it by typing the name of the drug and assistance into Google: eg: Plavix assistance

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