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Had a stent fitted now getting severe chest pains

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I had a stent fitted 10 weeks ago, and have been suffering quite severe pains to the left hand side of my chest, these can last for 24 hrs, I take paracetamol to ease the pain but without much success. I have also been told I have a small Hiatus Hernia. Could the pain I am getting be from the Hernia, Drugs or my bodies reaction to having the stent fitted. It really is playing around with my head, Any advice or Guidance would be appreciated.

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MichaelJHHeart Star

See your GP or ring 111 for advice. Nobody here can really offer a diagnosis. It seems to late to be a stent settling. With other medical issues it needs professional intervention.

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rakeman in reply to MichaelJH

Thanks MichaelJH, had it checked out at A&E they gave me an all clear for Cardiac, but said it could be muscle spasms due to my constant belching or reaction to some of the meds.

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If you had a recent stent then you must be under the care of a cardiologist. Go back to your GP and ask him/her to request a SOON follow up appointment with the cardiologist you’ve been treated by. Following my own cardiac problem, I would never rely on just ONE set of tests in A&E, I had a set of normal results which by chance were repeated two hours later and showed I’d had a heart attack - I’m not trying to alarm you, but you really mustn’t be fobbed off with ‘could be’s. I wasn’t stented after my heart attack, and thankfully medication has kept me well, but in the early weeks and months afterwards I did have constant chest aches and pains, (suspected to be coronary spasms). Once I was prescribed medication that specifically works to ease blood flow these aches and pains seem to have settled. Be sure to get a follow up with your cardiologist again, and if they’ve discharged you already then ask your GP to re-refer you, chest pain after stenting should be investigated. Hope this helps.

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rakeman in reply to Honeybee63

Thanks for your advice. I have and Dr's appointment in two weeks,

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Picass in reply to Honeybee63

What tablets were you prescribed to ease blood flow

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rakeman in reply to Picass

Clopidogrel and Aspirin

Benzman profile image

In 2016 I went into hospital to have 2 stents inserted as a result of being constantly breathless. I came out with 5 stents! The following weekend I collapsed & was taken into hospital but they couldn't find a cause. Over the following year I had 7 or 8 instances of collapsing but every time they couldn't find the cause. Finally in 2017 it was decided to give me another angiogram and they discovered there was a narrowing of an artery that they had missed. Another stent fitted and for the last 18 months I have been fine.

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rakeman in reply to Benzman

Thanks Benzman

Flissy100 profile image

ring consultants secretary and ask for an appointment - stressing you are in pain - mention you will take a cancellation at short notice if you can - hope you get sorted

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rakeman in reply to Flissy100

Thanks Flissy100

Benzman profile image

I agree with Flissy100 I also rang the consultants secretary to get some action.

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