Angina Pectoris

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KnittingMom
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   Posted 12/10/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I am wondering if anyone else suffers from this?  By doing research online this is what I think my dh is going through and we are getting desperate for something that might relieve his symptoms somewhat.
 
Background on my husband:  He is 50 years old, had triple bypass surgery in 2002, had a mild heart attack in 2008 (one week before our son got married).  When it comes to heart disease his genetics are terrible on both his mother and his father's side.  His father died of a heart attack in his 70's, his brother dies of a massive heart attack at 54.  He has also learnt that many uncles have died at an early age from heart related issues.  When he has his heart attack in 2008 the did another angiogram and said that the arteries that they replaced in 2002 were clogging again and that at this time he is not a candidate for surgery. 
 
These angina pains at rest are something that has been happening for about 2 weeks now.  His doctor upped his strength of nitro patch but that hasn't seemed to help.  He has also adjusted a couple other of his medications but that isn't helping either.  The adjustments are relatively new so maybe we just haven't given them enough time.  He is awaken between 2 - 4 times a night with the angina pain, uses is nitro spray and they subside.  I jokingly told him that this is just like having a new baby in the house that wakes every couple of hours to eat.  Needless to say the interrupted sleep is starting to tell on the both of us. 
 
Because of his genetics I do worry about how much time we will have together.  I find myself praying each time he wakes in the night that the pain subsides and we will have another day.  We are expecting a grandchild in June and I pray that he is here to see the baby.  I find myself worrying about the phone call that I just might have to make to our kids.  Last night was particularly bad for me as after his first pain I could not get to sleep and then my mind started going and I was thinking of all the what ifs and of how even though we have been married for 30 years it just hasn't been enough time together. 
 
Just looking for some advice, reassurance I guess.
 
Thanks
Pat
51 year old woman, married 30 years.  27 yr old son married to a wonderful woman.  7 year old grandson with new baby due the end of June!  24 yr old daughter living with her fantastic boyfriend.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1990 following resection surgery.  Put on no meds on discharge.
5 years ago put on salofalk.  Early 2009 taken off salofalk put on entocort 3 tab/day, mezavant 2 tabs/2 x's day, methotrexate inj once a week.  Folic, Vit D, calcium, vit c, multi vit, tylenol arthritis.
Will be taken off methotrexate after next dialation (scheduled for asap) and put on IV drugs, just not sure which one yet.
 


stkitt
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   Posted 12/10/2009 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Pat,

Hello and I am Kitt. You have some very legitimate reasons to be concerned and I do understand your fears.



Due to your husbands cardiac disease it sounds to me like he is experiencing unstable angina which his cardiologist is trying to treat.
Unstable angina doesn't follow a pattern. It can occur with or without physical exertion and isn't relieved by rest or medicine.
You mentioned that he is not a candidate for any more bypass surgery but how about stenting those clogged arteries? Did you husband's physician mention that at all?

Also I am wondering if you have ever obtained a second opinion re his treatment modalities?

As for you we have a great anxiety and panic forum that you may want to post in as others have the same kind of fears you do and we may be able to support you and advice you on how to live with less fear and anxiety so please do join us in the A & P Forum. You will find me there too as well as many wonderful members.

Please know we care and if we can help you in anyway we are very willing to be here for you.

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

KnittingMom
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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 12/10/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply and I will be checking out the anxiety and panic forum for sure.
 
When my husband had the angiogram that showed he needed his triple bypass in 2002 he was ruled out for stents.  Actually he has had 3 cardiac doctors review his files and they basically all come to the same conclusion.  His case really boils down to those horrible genetics.  Unfortunately his family is not a close family and he was unaware to this history until after he had already had his bypass surgery.  No idea if he had known from a young age and been followed by a cardiac doctor if it would of made any difference or not.  He also could of made some better choices as far as eating habits etc.
51 year old woman, married 30 years.  27 yr old son married to a wonderful woman.  7 year old grandson with new baby due the end of June!  24 yr old daughter living with her fantastic boyfriend.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 1990 following resection surgery.  Put on no meds on discharge.
5 years ago put on salofalk.  Early 2009 taken off salofalk put on entocort 3 tab/day, mezavant 2 tabs/2 x's day, methotrexate inj once a week.  Folic, Vit D, calcium, vit c, multi vit, tylenol arthritis.
Will be taken off methotrexate after next dialation (scheduled for asap) and put on IV drugs, just not sure which one yet.
 


stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 12/11/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Pat,

Had your husband known his family history of cardiac disease he may have been able to change some things in his lifestyle by there is no good to be had by worrying about the past and it just causes you to feel sad and wish you could go back.........which we know we cannot do.



My hubby has Crohn's and no one else in his family has ever had any IBD disorders.



I know you are afraid for your husband and you have a right to be but do not let it control you life and do try to do the things that you planned on doing without fears.



It sounds like you have a wonderful family so enjoy them and do come join us in the Anxiety forum. We have all kinds of ways to deal with anxiety and as you may know there is a wide variety of different anxieties so someone is always willing to talk with you.



Your feelings are important and you need someone to support you so let it be us my dear lady.



Gentle Hugs



Kitt
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