I had a HA at the end of September age 46. I have a strong family history so had heart health check annually. Always came back ok with no action required so HA a bit of a shock. Never drank or smoked, very busy daily life with work, being a Mum and caring for my Mum (she sadly died in July). I’d say I was moderately active. Diet hit and miss but not appalling!
I had two stents fitted and told I had risidual and diffuse disease in two other arteries but I don’t know the extent. I enjoyed cardiac rehab, I am eating very healthy - maybe too healthy with not being able to eat any crisps, biscuits, chocolate or what I thought of as treats even over Christmas! I am going to three exercise classes a week and doing one or two brisk 5k walks/jogs each week too.
The thing is I am so scared that my arteries are going to get blocked more that I’m not really living a full life. I’m back at work and going through each day smiling and telling everyone I’m doing well but I’m avoiding coffee and cake dates with friends, avoiding meals out with family, avoiding birthdays and celebrations. I know I’m not eating enough calories each day even though I know I need more as exercising more and even though I know my body needs some fats and sugars and even some cholesterol!
Unfortunately, I have suffered with a deep, dull chest ache and some jaw pain since having the stents and had three trips to a & e as so worried! Each time I was reassured that it wasn’t cardiac related and now told probably gastric - I was prescribed 40mg omeprazole yesterday so I have everything crossed that this will help.
I guess my question is ‘does it get better?’
Does this shadow of fear diminish with time?
I have always been a positive person who looks for the good in every situation, sought solutions when faced with a problem but I think it’s safe to say I’m struggling with this one so any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry for long post!