Its been a week on from my Angiogram and from being officially diagnosed with Coronary Heart Disease. I wanted to do a brief post to share my experience to hopefully help others. Initially I was worried as I was feeling mild chest pains after the Angiogram and for about 4-5 days afterwards. Well the good news is the pains have gone now and I'm feeling somewhere near normal. If someone has the same experience its likely nothing to worry about. I put it down to the fact the heart doesn't like to played around with :-).
I'm now on 4 different meds - atorvastatin(for lowering cholesterol), aspirin (for bloodthinning), ramipril(1.25mg) and Bisoprolol(2.5mg) for Hypertension.
On the day after the angiogram, my daily bisoprolol was increased from 1.25mg to 5mg. I noticed after taking it this that when I got up I would initially feel a little light headed and dizzy so with the permission of the doctor I reduced it to 2.5Mg and no longer get the dizziness. Yesterday evening I started to take an additional beta blocker called ramipril (1.25mg). This has caused a small bit of nausea but nothing other than that at the moment. I have been advised to initially take this in the evening. Hopefully my body will eventually get used to it and I will be able to take it in the morning along with my other cocktails :-).
Anyway, at the time of the Angiogram, I was given a number of options, one of which was a triple heart bypass. After a week's deliberation and talking it over with my wife, I have decided to go for the bypass. I'm just waiting on an appointment with the surgeon now. I know what awaits me after the bypass but I am feeling better now that I have made the decision. l will post later on any new developments.
I always used to joke to my wife by calling her sick note as she was normally the poorly one. The jokes now on me :-). He's got a funny sense of humour god aint he?
Best of luck to everyone.