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Anxious after recent heart attack
Hello Everyone, I suffered a heart attack a month ago, luckily got to hospital within the hour and the amazing hospital staff saved my life after clearing the blood clot and inserting a stent.
Recovery was going well and after a follow up angiogram just over a week ago no other stents were required, however a few days ago I felt discomfort at home and was concerned enough to call an ambulance, I was taken back in and after various tests I was discharged as it was thought the pains were not heart related.
Everytime I get some discomfort or pain even though not it's not normally very bad I get anxious, just wanted to share this and wondered if anyone can relate to this and just share similar stories to ease my mind?
Many thanks for reading this.
Take care all
AHAASAKatie, November 16, 2020 9:09am EST
Good morning! Welcome to the Support Network, we are so glad you are here. Questions about the anxiety and stress that come after a heart attack or cardiac event are very common on the site and exactly the reason we are here to support you. Please know that you are not alone, many of our members have these same concerns, and I look forward to reading their words of support to you.
Jon1965, November 16, 2020 11:23am EST
Thank you so much for your message, I didnt realise I had joined a group in the USA as I live in England so it's so nice to get some support from accross the pond!
KarlR, November 16, 2020 9:04pm EST
I think most of us who have had a heart attack and stent feel some amount of pain or discomfort from time to time. For me, the most frequent symptom (in the beginning) felt like the soreness of pressing on a bruise with a finger. I think I could simply feel where the stent had been placed. That sensation has been much less common as the months have passed. I also still get discomfort for all the reasons I used to before (gas, indigestion, etc.), but now I have to wonder whether that's what I'm feeling ... or is it something else.
It's also normal to feel concerned about any pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. Any one of us could have restenosis or a second heart attack. We have to be concerned, just for the sake of our health. The trick is balancing it so we don't stress out over nothing, but we don't ignore genuine warning signs. There aren't easy answers. But you're definitely not alone in what you're feeling.
Stay safe. Stay sane.
Jon1965, November 17, 2020 4:24am EST
Many thanks for your response, it's nice to know there is support out there, thank you!
MEW13, November 19, 2020 6:04pm EST
I second Karl's statement; it's definitely a learning curve as to what pains are benign, and which ones to be concerned/ get checked out about. I'm 40, and 5 months post STEMI, and it's definitely been a ride for me! One of the biggest things I've learned thus far is how the food you eat can affect how you feel. I'm sure you were told to moderate certain foods; for me it's sugars, sodium, fats, and red meats. I find that when I eat too much sodium (for example), I get "salt headaches". And my heart does ache from the excess sodium. So I've learned what works with my body and what to avoid. As scary as it may seem - Trust Your Gut. If something is saying loudly 'I should get checked out', then make an appointment, either virtual or in person. Or go to the ER if need be. Also trust yourself that you will get thru this, and that it's okay to ask for support. We're here for you as well!! =)