rsuriani
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rsuriani, April 9,  2021  7:07pm EST

Anxious after stent placement

This might not be the right forum to place this but it seems to be the one with the most recent posts and replies, so here goes...

In August of 2020 (at age 60) I had a stent placement for a 100% blocked LAD.  I thank God for looking over me, and my cardiologist and primary care physician for their immediate attention.  My follow-up exams have been positive, my A1C is 5.4 and my cholesterol is 114.  I have lost 40 pounds since I was diagnosed as pre-diabetic in 2019.  I have been completed Part 2 cardiac rehab. 

The first two months after stent placement everything seemed to be going well.  I didn't have anxiety, took it easy, slowly getting back into an excercise routine, and build up walking steps.  But in October, on the way home from rehab, I had the strangest experience.  I felt a little light-headed, but the worst part was that it felt like I wasn't in the car.  After a couple deep breaths and losts of water I made it home and called my doctor.  He instructed me tom go the Emergency room.  By time I got there the symptons had declined greatly and I felt as normal self.  They didn't find anything after several tests (including a CTscan).  Okay, that made me feel better, BUT since then every little body pain bothers me.  The thing is though sometimes these pains, or light-headedness only last for a few minutes.  It just feels like they are happening more often.  

I joined Mendedhearts and tired to locate a group near me, but they are not meeting at this time.  For me talking to someone who has had a stent placement and going through this would be helpful, knowing that someone else has feelings of anxiety (I think that's what it is?).

Online forums are encouraging but I prefer a person to person.  I don't know where to go on this.  I see my primary care in a couple weeks and cardiologist in a month and will definitely talk to them about this, but in the meantime any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

 

 

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    AHAModerator, April 10,  2021  9:00am EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for joining the Support Network and sharing your story. We are sorry to hear that you are going through this. We hope you find a sense of community and support here! As you wait for others to reply and share their experiences, I encourage you to visit the 'In Your Community' tab on the AHA homepage. You'll be able to find your local AHA office and from there connect with someone who can help you find resources in the area. I can also share some Mental Health resources with you.

    Please keep us updated on how you are doing! 

    Best wishes, 

    AHA Moderator 

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