Hi Lesley :)
Sorry I was so late in replying to you. I don't know any real specifics about your CAD, though I would like to help. I am having a real fight with it, myself. I am waiting on the "feeling better now" from the last 2 stents I received, 6 weeks ago. It hasn't made it yet. I may even be getting worse. That is depressing to read, I know, but it is how I feel at this point in my life. I think the best that I can hope for now, is bypass surgery. It was recommended by my local hospital cardiologist 6 weeks ago, but I was transfered to another larger, and better hospital that placed the 2 stents vs performing surgery on me. I do fear that surgery.
The emotional impact is sometimes overwhelming. One needs to have faith in something, I think, and this may be one of my problems.
The British medical system is slow. I have roamed a few heart disease boards for several years now, and have heard some horror stories. Here in the states, we get treatment on time, but you never know about the quality of treatment you are getting.
Here, if you want to find out how well your hospital staff ranks with others, you can pay through hospital data type websites, or maybe luck up on some statistics by doing some heavy googling.
I want some competition amongst the hospitals. Someone needs to give them a grade!!!!!!! I have more on this subject but the time has come for me to turn the soapbox over to someone else :)