Just found this place after looking for advise on travel insurance. Anyway, i'll look for that later. A bit about me.
I'm 34, never smoked, drink very little, eat relatively healthy (cholesterol was 3.6 day before my stent) and exercise quite a lot (3 times a week minimum)
Last year I started getting chest pains when walking to work in the cold and when at cycling training. It seemed to impact my breathing (or so i thought) and after about 6 months of going back to the Doctors and them telling me it was asthma, i got referred to a BUPA respiratory specialist. He very quickly ruled out any form of Asthma and did an EKG which came back slightly off.
The next week I was booked in to have a Echo Cardiogram and a CT angiogram. The cardiologist told me after the CT angiogram to take aspirin immediately and not do any exercise as it looked like my LAD was completely blocked. I was booked into to have a coronary angiogram and possible angioplasty 3 days later.
The coronary angiogram confirmed that I did have a 100% blockage in my LAD and that very luckily i was only alive due to my heart creating its own collateral arteries around the blockage. So i was stented (only 1) at the same time. The op took a while as the artery in my arm went into spasm so they needed to go in through my groin, but the cardiologist was fantastic. During the op, I barely felt anything. The worst part was having them trying to stop the bleeding in my groin for 8 hours and lying dead still on my back until it stopped.
I was out of hospital the next day and back at work 2 days later. Im on 5 lots of drugs a day and my cholesterol is down to 2.0. Im back at training and can ride further and faster than i could before (so far)
Im glad they found it when they did otherwise i may not be typing the here now