I’m new to this community and was recommended it by the BHF. I was recently diagnosed with CAD in 2 main arteries - the LAD and left circumflex.
I’m 48 and married with 2 children. I am fairly fit, eat healthy and cholesterol is above average but not considered too high. I went to see my GP because of the odd chest pain twinges I was getting. Both my parents have heart disease and both have had heart attacks and procedures. A grandparent on either side also had heart disease so given my history my GP referred me and I too have inherited the gene.
My problem is I have a major fear of hospitals. Invasive surgery is a definite no. I just about managed a CT angiogram but when my heart rate went up and they couldn’t insert the dye and more meds were needed I was out of there and left my husband in the waiting room.
It’s not that I don’t want it but I become 2 people and my heart says don’t be silly it’s for the best but my head says get out of here now and I’m out the door and in the car park within minutes of that fear kicking in. All stems from having my daughter and nearly dying. I can re- live every second of it and that was 26 years ago.
The CT angiogram showed high levels of plaque in my arteries and given my age I have been told I’m high risk for heart attack or stroke. I have been put on 40mg statin, 75mg aspirin and now been told I need beta blockers. I am booked in for an angiogram +\- angioplasty next month and can think of nothing else. My daily life has become a blur and right now I don’t think I can have it done. Like I said it’s not that I don’t want it done but my fears are so great I don’t think i will be able to go through with it.