Heart or Artery Problem

granny59ar
By granny59ar Latest Reply 2011-08-01 21:47:54 -0500
Started 2011-05-26 08:23:23 -0500

I had to have a stent put in last week because of a severe blockage in my artery,I was told I have 4 more blockages just not as severe yet,and on the other side of my heart thats apparently harder to reach.So my question is do I have a heart problem or disease? Or do I have an artery disease?I never thought to ask.


8 replies

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-30 22:37:01 -0500 Report

granny,

Yes, based on what you described you do have heart disease, more specifically, coronary artery disease (CAD). Fortunately, the COURAGE study has proven that optimal non-invasive strategies (this includes the use of prescription drugs) works just as well as stents in non-acute circumstances. Here is a good article on the topic.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/214-when-should-stents-be-used

HH

DTJ1
DTJ1 2011-08-01 21:47:54 -0500 Report

This is a very helpful article to those of us who may have had a stent for acute symptoms, only to find out that the angiogram showed some plaque build up in other arteries. I asked the same question - "Why don't you just go in and proactively stent that artery as well? You are in there anyway!" :) It took a long time to get over the fear of that other plaque actually causing a problem because it was not stented. Education here is the key.

At first a simply did not understand when my cardiologist said "We never stent less than 70-80% blockages proactively. Its all about stabilization of the plaque and the drug therapies and lifestyle changes are the way to go. I know several people who had heart attacks early in life, made these changes and have lived, long full lives.

Great resources HeartHawk!

danao
danao 2011-05-30 00:08:02 -0500 Report

I have 6 stents , last 2 a year ago this month. Last year found out a valve was leaking . I had 2 Nuclear test done about 4 months apart , I did not like that much its like 30 xrays every nuclear test you have . They are very good test though . I find I have been very depressed these days , I stopped working and am feeling better . I need to go see a vain Dr for my legs, not sure thats related to the heart issues .

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-30 09:26:30 -0500 Report

danao,

Thanks for chiming in on the nuclear tests. After having three myself I started opting for stress-echocardiograms for the same reason - radiation!

As for the depression, yes I get that too. The funny thing is that I study this stuff so much I respond to depression like I would to a cut on my finger. I see it, and recognize it, but that alone does not stop the "bleeding" - you have to take action. So, I'll excercise, meditate and perhaps even see a "head" doc. At the end of the day it is largely about "brain chemicals" so you have to treat it like any more traditional physical problem. It's not all just "in your head!"

Don't have much info to go on about the leg veins. Are you talking about varicose veins or something else?

HH

DeanKinder
DeanKinder 2011-05-29 17:48:50 -0500 Report

I just had my 4th stent put in, in Feb of this year…I had my heart attack over 13 years ago, my bypass surgery was in 2000. The stents were put in after…my veins and arteries are rice paper thin…due to genetics…Never be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Hope this also helps…

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-29 23:59:42 -0500 Report

Dean,

Thanks for the candid advice. You are right on the money! STay in touch and keep us updated on your experiences. Oh, and feel free to ask any questions you may have right here!

HH

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2011-05-27 11:44:31 -0500 Report

I like you have had 4 stents put in 4 different arteries and have been told by my cardio. dr. the I have coronary atery disease. I had a heart attack about 8 years ago and have had the arteries opened with stents and angioplasty. Hopes this help, but call your dr and don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-05-31 23:08:45 -0500 Report

Lenny,

That is a great "prescription" for everyone to follow! Every little bit of info helps. There are tens fo thousand of HEart Connect members. One never know exactly what tidbit of infor or experience a member may be searching for

HH