Best wishes to your mom, Amy!
I'm near her same age. I've got a couple of stents after a heart attack, and they are permanent. They can't take stents out. I sure hope they work for a really long time!
You can't even feel stents. They do make you feel better because more blood is flowing through the coronary arteries. Any residual chest pain could be from damage to the heart. I'm sure the docs will do a stress test to check that out pretty soon.
Since my heart attack I've gotten serious about
losing weight and am down to normal. I also take cholesterol meds, but fortunately don't need BP meds. Changing diet - getting rid of bread and other carbs is the big dietary key to lowering cholesterol. It's not about
eating fat! Your liver takes carbs and turns that into cholesterol. A little fat makes you feel full faster, so you eat less. Exercise helps too, but don't do too much right after the heart attack. I like to walk on my little treadmill - in the TV room - and do my floor exercises while watching the morning news.
I didn't tolerate ANY of the heart meds, but then I don't have high BP. I did take the anti-clotting meds for a year, which is important. Then I was just having too much trouble with bruising and went off all but the aspirin. I started keeping a log of what meds I took and my reactions after the first couple gave me problems. But most people aren't as sensitive to meds as I am.
It's important to keep medical apointments and follow doctors' orders.
Wishing you a happy New Year!