I love this site! People are giving such clear and careful advice, that I haven't felt the need to add anything, yet!
So my post is about just coping with it all. I have had three HAs and nine stents. But whatever we've had, there seems a common problem about what a shock it all is, and, if you've had repeat issues/crises, then how you pick yourself, and get positive, again and again.
I am a Psychologist who used to help people cope with illness and pain. How ironic is that? When it you, of course, it's different.
But, firstly, I have found exercising amazingly positive. I always do classes three times a week, and at least two other days hard walking, and a little jogging. The socials are uplifting. Lovely people. We give each other lots of help and encouragement. I started off after each crisis as the quiet little mouse in the corner, hardly daring to move! Now I hardly shut up! The security of having cardiac fitness trainers is brilliant.
After repeat MRIs, I now learn that my unaffected heart muscle has become stronger, as a result. So I have evidence that exercise really works to get the best out of my poor old heart muscle. I'm 73.
Secondly search out help. Other people. Therapists. Gym trainers. Cardiac liaison nurses. I've used all these, and know where to turn.
Lastly, my daughter told me. 'You're not defined by your illness'. Wise words. I'm still me!
Good rehab. to you all.