I have had 2 ht caths which showed clear coronary artery. This time (severe pain between shoulder blades & hugging feeling) the stress test showed ischemic activity verified by nuclear films.
The cath showed blkage of about
60%, but angioplasty & stent was not done (arrythmias hit & cardiologist thought it wasn't bad enough to go through with). Placed on meds to lower HR & BP, helped w/both but pain in back & chest still occur during even walking any distance. Cardiologist called this evening and said we would try Prilosec (tried various others, but saw no difference). In short, if I show no difference by next week, he's going to go back in and do the angioplasty & stent. He said numerous things can cause "hugging" pressure, so we're trying to rule out gastro as one. By the feeling of the pain between shoulder blades, I'd say it's definitely not gastro. Has anyone had this feeling? I know women show this sign for heart problems, but has anyone had it that wasn't heart related? Thanks for input.