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Unstable angina

Newroom
Newroom

I have unstable angina caused by a 90% blocked LAD artery. I have had a stent fitted.

Anyone else had this ?

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Not had it but got to go in hospital at the end of the month to see what they need to do I have lad stenosis whatever that is

Milkfairy
MilkfairyHeart Star in reply to Boxroad

LAD

Left anterior descending artery , the largest coronary artery of the heart

Stenosis means narrowing or blockage in a vessel

Boxroad
Boxroad in reply to Milkfairy

I am crossing fingers for a stent to be fitted

Milkfairy
MilkfairyHeart Star in reply to Boxroad

I hope your procedure all goes well!

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Milkfairy

As a procedure it’s quite straightforward, hope you get it done soon

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Boxroad

They will do it at the time of angiography. Bread and butter procedure for cardiology teams and you should feel much better in a few days. LAD is a very important major artery. Stenting is usually a day surgery procedure but they may keep you in for a day. I was with my Prof of Cardiology for nearly an hour this morning talking about Variant Angina and MVA. It was so interesting. Best wishes for your procedure.

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Smileyian

How interesting to have had all that time with a cardiologist. I haven’t spoken with anyone about it in hospital. Just get my info from the internet, which at times I find confusing. GP has taken me off clopidgrel as it was really upsetting my stomach. But not had any follow up with anyone

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Newroom

At the National Heart Centre here in Singapore it is the policy for consultations to be as long (within limits) that the patient needs even though waiting times in the waiting areas may be longer than you may wish. Both my sisters have been diagnosed with Prinzmetals hence although my diagnosis is highly probable it has been made only with the elimination of other possibilities. After monitoring Milkfairies posts for 6 months, I discussed many of her points and personal experiences with him during my 6 month routine appointment today. He was extremely impressed with much of what I imparted (Milkfairies view) and altho he has limited experience with Variant Angina, he agreed with much of what was discussed. We actually had 45 mins together discussing prognosis and self help with triggers. I am trialling Patches as from today for a 2 month trial.

Milkfairy
MilkfairyHeart Star in reply to Smileyian

Haha,

I should be charging consultation fees😂

GrannyE
GrannyE in reply to Milkfairy

You should indeed. Just shows how important this site is

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Milkfairy

Indeed you should. In fact he did ask if you would be available to talk as a patient at an upcoming Cardiac conference in Sept. This suggestion fell apart when I said you lived in UK. He had not realised you lived outside Singapore and both he and his nurse laughed.

Milkfairy
MilkfairyHeart Star in reply to Smileyian

I am actually speaking via the magic of a pre recorded presentation at a Cardiology conference in April 😊

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Milkfairy

That's wonderful. Maybe we will get to hear your presentation.

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Newroom

I have had a similar experience. Clopidgrel really made me I’ll and have got put on Prasugrel instead. Which I feel ok on But no one has talked to me about LAD. Unsure if it’s serious or if I’m ok now I have had a stent !

ive had 2 stents fitted in my left arteries on the 7/2/2021 working great but have got peritonitis from the surgery should go on its own have been getting some pain from it

I am looking at this in three weeks time, do you feel better after stent ? I hope you do

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Boxroad

My angina came out of nowhere. For two weeks I was taking Rennies as I thought I had awful heartburn. When I couldn’t get rid of the pain I called an ambulance. They thought I was having a heart attack and took me to hospital. I had a stent fitted 2 days later.

I was back to normal straight away. Mucking out horses 2 days later etc. It’s only when I have started reading about the widow maker that I have started worrying. I thought I was completely recovered.

Hope it’s a great cure for you too

Boxroad
Boxroad in reply to Newroom

Mine was like that as well I thought I had pulled my chest, what hospital did you have stent fitted? We’re in kept in for long?

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Boxroad

Stoke on Trent. Came out the next day

Was an instant recovery

Boxroad
Boxroad in reply to Newroom

I am booked into Essex cardiac centre in Basildon, I could have gone in at the start of jan but Basildon had bad covid so i desired to wait

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Boxroad

I went to school at Westcliff on sea Grammar in the 1950's. That's quite near you isn't it ? Lived for 22 years and now retired in Singapore. Get well soon.

Boxroad
Boxroad in reply to Smileyian

I am nearer to Colchester, but the Essex cardiac centre is Basildon, my wife’s works office is in west cliff on sea

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Boxroad

My sister who is still working as a nurse at 70 in a care home lives in Colchester.

Boxroad
Boxroad in reply to Smileyian

What care home is it? My wife teaches NVQ in care homes in and around Colchester

Smileyian
Smileyian in reply to Boxroad

Oh have no idea. I have been in Singapore for about 23 years. I could ask next time we correspond.

Danny462
Danny462 in reply to Newroom

I got up for work one Saturday morning had chest pain only lasted seconds really. Went to work, it was playing on my mind so after work went to A and E. Long story short two weeks later went to rapid chest pain clinic diagnosed possible angina waking most nights with chest pain two weeks later angiogram four stents fitted two in Lad two other. Triple vessel disease. That was two years ago four pills day feeling great but always tired not seen go since had blood tests and hp never got text about Covid jab so last Sunday went online and booked it myself.

Had a 99% blocked lad artery apparently it was complex had angina symptoms for a few months prior had stent fitted out next day now my heart rate at rest is 55 . I’m fit as a fiddle was out next day although it’s scary at the time you can have a full recovery I am now fitter than ever and only take Clopidogerel as I can’t take aspirin. Take care and good luck for the future it’s bright

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Dotdoris

Thank you that is so reassuring. I have got miserable about it after reading stuff in the internet.

I don’t feel so well on these meds. The clopidogrel upset my stomach am I lost weight. I’m also taking atorvastin, landsoprzole, bisoprolol and aspirin. I never took drugs at all before and I think these are a shock to my system

Just got it done for LCA

I had it during my recovery from covid-19 !

I am on plavix

aspirin

nebivolol

atrivastin

was on nothing after covid treatment !

hi could you please tell me the symptoms you were having i am having tests for angina but it isnt stable thank you

Newroom
Newroom in reply to poet68

I had stained a muscle in my back and was in bed for a couple of days. I had taken pain meds. When I got out of bed I had an awful pain in my oesophagus I took Rennies thinking it was heart burn from the tablets. I had this happen most days for two weeks, came on from nowhere and was really painful for 15 mins then it would just go.... me thinking the Rennies were working.

One Sat night they just kept coming one after another so we called an ambulance and I went into hospital

Is this like yours ?.

my pain is in my chest and back and somtimes down my arm it comes on at anytime when resting and also when walking ect. it lasts between 5 and 15 mins then goes i am very concerned as my father and mother both had heart attacks and my father died from his

Newroom
Newroom in reply to poet68

Very similar to me, is your GP referring you?

i am awaiting a echogram and a stress test where they inject you to put your hert under stress thank you so much for talking to me

I had the same. Went from walking 3 miles every morning to not being able to walk to the kitchen in the space of three weeks. I had stents to the LAD last April, followed the BHF cardiac rehab programme and completed Couch to 5k just before Christmas. So the outlook can be positive!

I had a similar experience, woke early hours one morning with extreme pain in left arm ,pressure in my chest and worried it was a heart attack ,went to hospital and told it was unstable angina ,ecg was normal ,bloods showed high cholesterol ,started on medication . Had an angiogram which was unsuccessful as arteries went into spasm. I have appt for cardiac scan next week . I've gone from being active to feeling tired all the time ,the chest and arm pain comes and go . I just want to know what's causing angina and if I need stents . Both parents have /had heart conditions and stroke so this worries me .

I hope all goes well for you .

I have had unstable angina for 21 years, first stent fitted 18 years ago, second one 12 years ago, both very successful and comfortable procedures each time. I wish you well with great improvement.

Newroom
Newroom in reply to Binnick

Oh wow, that’s just brilliant to hear. Thank you. Hope is successful for another 21 xx

I was admitted suddenly this week after occasional chest pain. Had an appointment at the cardio clinic & they kept me in after the stress test results. It was very frightening how things quickly happened, I had an angiogram and they detected narrowing in LAD so had 2 stents fitted during the procedure. Came home Wednesday!

Yes, I had a 90% Lad blockage. Unfortunately, due to its location, and other complications, I had to undergo a double heart bypass rather than a stent fitted. Felt immediately better afterwards though in terms of the angina. Hope you feel better after your stent.

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