I am a new member who has found a great deal of comfort from this site already just by reading other's stories and knowing that I am not alone.
I am 44 years old and in May of this year I had a very severe heart attack involving the Left Anterior Descending artery. I was taken from my office by ambulance to a very good local heart hosptial. I received excellent care there.
I had a stent successfully placed into this one vessel, which was 100% blocked by the time I got to the cath lab. The doctor's exact words were "you've blocked off the whole front of your heart".
There were no other blockages, and I have completely changed my lifestyle, stopped smoking immediately, eating very low fat diet, taking all of the medicine prescribed. I am back at work now.
My problem is that I still have the original pain in my arm and chest that I experienced in the weeks before my heart attack. I know now what it means - that my heart is not getting what it needs. I have had 2 follow-up angoigrams - that show my vessel is completely open. I also had a nuclear stress test a month ago that showed the same thing.
Anyone else out there still experiencing pain after a stent? I am on steroids and prilosec now to see if that helps and seeing a gastro next week.
This is real, it's not in my imagination - I'd appreciate any feedback.