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Sudden Cardiac Arrest & Heart Attack

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I had a massive MI/ Heart attack. I was stented @ widowmaker -6 months later after having bad chest pains for awhile- I had another heart cath. The stent had closed. The doctor did not do anything. I was scared that if it had closed & no blood was pumping thru it I wud die. I was told they couldn’t take it out. Then another heart cath. 2 months later the doctor said he put a larger stent over the closed stent. So one Dr did nothing and the next this. Can they really put a larger stent over it? I haven’t read anybody else having that done..Is this common or is it not usually done? Confused!!

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Hi I believe that can put another stent inside the existing one and inflate it from within.

I’m interested that they put u back in cath to take a look because I’ve been plagued by aches and pains. Been to A&E loads of times in 2 years and told nothing wrong.

Most time it’s ok I get in with it but other times it freaks me out and makes me anxious.

I think must b ok as I excercide etc with no problem. Only suggestion seem to b it’s damaged muscle and cartilage etc from 25 mins of CPR. Only benefit is it serves as constant reminder what happened and to live life more steadily. I was a big cyclist and whilst I still cycle and have to not push to hard so at least the aches remind me!

jo0267 in reply to pinnelli

Kings told me all was well after my widow maker event in Dec 2015 and their follow up in April 2016. Subsequently had 2 more cath lab visits one stent then another two in March 2017.

Yes it’s scary but I have no follow up appointments and the NHS say I’m fine.

Am I? Who knows? Can’t get travel insurance so every time I come to Spain, I keep my fingers crossed!

Most of the time I’m absolutely fine.

Back at work - thank God - I take my meds every day and hope that’s enough.

Am 57 and waiting for grandchildren and a dog!!!

Take care

Lifesamystery in reply to jo0267

I hope u stay healthy.. easier to get a dog than grandchildren:)( please go to shelter& rescue- a dog is waiting for you too save it)

jo0267 in reply to Lifesamystery

Yes but what do I do with the poor dog when I’m at work?

It would be a great form of exercise and I have enough live in my heart

Does seem quite strange but if it helps and the blood flows then good news all around. I didn't think stents could close that sounds quite worrying but your in expert hands. Ask the doctor for a consultation tell him your worries I'm sure they will be understanding and put your mind at ease.

Good luck.

It is not that uncommon for a stent to close- unfortunately! It does require another heart cath to find it ..


jo0267 in reply to Lifesamystery

A neighbour of mine has 12 stems. Has had them for 15 years now and is thoroughly enjoying life

I have no knowledge about stents in stents but if you have concerns I would advise talking to your doctor's for reassurance. They know better than we. I fully understand your concerns it can be very worrying time after a heart attack. I had to seek councellor in the end and this really helped me. She recommended I look at Mindfulness as a way to cope better. Both really helped me.

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