Hi, I'm 51 years old and have just had 2 Angioplastys resulting in 5 stents. The last procedure was last Friday.
This has all been a terrible shock to me. I'm only slightly overweight, my cholesterol is Ok, I have never smoked and I don't drink. Up until a year ago I was also going to the gym twice a week and only stopped because of feeling unwell.My blood pressure has been a bit high but controlled for a few years with medication. My dad died at age 60 of Coronary Heart disease and my 2 paternal uncles were both dead, one at 62 and one at 58, again with heart disease. All three were ill for many years. I never wanted to be like that so I tried to avoid all the triggers, but apparently to no avail. Doctors have told me that they have no doubt the main factor is genetics. Which greatly upsets me as I feel that it is all totally beyond my control!
However, I am making some changes to my diet (trying to follow the mediterrean diet) and I look forward to the Cardiac Rehab course and going back to the gym again.
Additionally, I had a cardiac ablation at 24 years old to cure Woolf Parkinson White syndrome but have continued to live with erratic heart beats and ectopics. It was only because I was insistent and upset about this, and because I was sure there was something else not right, that I was referred back to Cardiology and then (despite all other tests being normal - including the ct angiogram) was diagnosed with Cardiac Artery Disease. I'm still trying to get my head around it all and am struggling quite a lot mentally.
Ok, so now I am on a variety of drugs and I'm wondering if one of the side effects is a common one. Two of the drugs are Aspirin and Clopidigrel which I take in the morning as well as Omeprazole. About 8 hours later I suffer with the most unbelievable wind, burping for hours and in a lot of discomfort in my central chest. I'm not really in any doubt that it's indigestion, but there is always that little voice in my head saying "but what if it isn't?". Combined with the usual erratic heartbeats I find it quite scary. My Gp has advised me to take a second Omeprazole in the evening but it doesn't seem to make any difference.
Does anyone have any advice please?
Thank you for reading my (very long!) post and for any replies.