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Kitawny, January 27,  2019  11:13pm EST

Chest pain and anxiety after surgery

In 2017 I had a tia that they said was caused by a vertebral artery dissection ( don’t know what caused that) after that they found I had a large atrial septal defect which was closed in September of 2017 and I have sinus bradycardia . Sometimes I’ll get really bad chest pain and it makes me panic as does any back of the head or neck pain .  Is it normal to have chest pain this long after surgery ? Should I be worried something else is going  like happened before? How low is too low for heart rate ?  . I am so greatful to my doctors and surgeons for getting me through that now I just need to figure out my life now that it’s all happened 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, January 29,  2019  9:26am EST

    I am so sorry that you are having to experience this! Anxiety is normal for survivors, you endured a life-changing ordeal. However, I would encourage you to talk to your medical team about these questions, as they may want to schedule an appointment and double check things. Please let us know what happens and how you are doing. Best Katie

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, January 29,  2019  8:33pm EST

    I had bypass surgery 7 years ago and every time I get a chest pain, I immediately think it's my heart. The anxiety will probably always be there to some extent. If you are convinced you are really feeling something that just doesn't seem right, don't ever hesitate to contact your doctor. I have done that and my cardiologist has typically ordered stress tests to make sure all is good. So far that has been the case but it's always good to get that peace of mind. These are life changing events so our thought processes and emotions change with them.

    I wish you well!


  • Kitawny
    Kitawny, February 12,  2019  11:40am EST

    Thank you so much ! It’s comforting to know I’m not alone. 

  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, February 15,  2019  2:07am EST

    Anxiety is normal.  I can only add a little to the words of wisdom by other commenter with their own experiences.  I believe in God.  I believe in hope.  I have not been the best example of this in my healing and rehab, but I wanted to be positive and a good example for others.  On days that I'm not preocupid with what I'be gone through, my condition improves.  When I'm encouraging others, my worries disappear.  Though you have much to take care, and I hope the best for you, patience and learning will provide answers. I believe with tome, people to share with, and prayer, your perspective will improve.  God bless. 

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