Hi Musicman, glad you found this forum, it will help i am sure. first thing i want to say is i titally relate to the fear you are having ,i was the same way, just terrified i was going to die. i was 57 and in good health. when i just felt short of breath and asked for the angiogram' that is the same as what you are saying they want to do on you', the tube in your groion area. i have had it done and inspite of what you hear, it is rare that anyone gets injured, be brave, it is better to know what is going on then to be in the dark, knowledge is power. first, you have some good news no heart damage yet. that was my case also. i did have 80% blockage in the lad' that is probably the left descending same as i think they are questioning in you.' i now have two stents. like i said, i was petrefied, went from taking no meds to 6 or 7 over nite. now back to you. your cholesteral numbers are not all that bad.although your hdl level is a little low, it needs to be at least 45 if you are male. you can get that up by eating walnuts and almonds and taking fish oil capsules. we have all been where you are so please feel free to jump in. right now you are a bit of a mystery, so do the tests and KNOW what is going on in your body. fyi 50% of heart attack victims do not have high cholesteral. keep posting bye for now. we have a live chat coming up on, i beleive the 14th of august, i will post the date at another time, it would be great for you to get there and chat live with some of us.