Possible anxiety after heart cath and stent placement

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   Posted 1/8/2007 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 41 years old. about 3 1/2 months ago I started experiencing stomach and chest discomfort. This so happened to start occuring when I put my house on the market to sell. Had the EKG, stress test, CT scan, sonogram on gall bladder and upper GI. Everything negative. So I talked my cardiologist into a hyeart cath because I was really getting concerned. He did the cath and found 50% blockage in an artery. He told me he was going to stent it because he was already in there but he was not real sure this was going to solve my problem.
After the procedure I still have not felt well and it has gotten worse. Every little feeling in my chest scares my to death and I seem to be obssessing about it. My primary care physician and my cardiologist think I am experiencing anxiety and this is what may be causing my chest pains, discomfort, and stomach discomfort. He has put me on lexapro.
I was also a smoker and cut back from 30 cigarrettes a day to 6 a day. Last Friday was my last day and I am on day 3 of quitting.
Has anyone else experienced this type of thing?

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   Posted 1/8/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   

if the lexapro works it will reduce the anxiety but i would have started with vaium as needed and a beta blocker med, also do try to forget about your heart, above all dont listen to your heartbeat

do some gentle exercise and take walks

everything considered I think an antidepressant too risky but start at 5 and work the dose up

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   Posted 1/8/2007 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that anyone that has had that done will get anxiety and you might not be able to rid self of it
I agree a fast acting short term med might be in order here ....
I take valium or ativan as needed
You can talk to your doc as this med usually taked 4 to 6 weeks to kick in totally from what I have heard on the boards
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