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Hrothgarblue, July 26,  2019  8:10pm EST

50 and having an angiogram Friday

I'm a 50 year old female and just saw the cardiologist after a stress test.  It appears I have a blockage in an artery.  It could be a false positive.  They won't know until they get in to look, thus the angiogram.  It all started with an ER visit for severe chest pressure/indigestion. Strong family history of deadly heart attacks on dads side.  I'm grateful it was found before a heart attack damaged my heart.  But I am overwhelmed with anxiety and stress.  I think I am in shock.  I'm about 40 pounds overweight and I don't eat terribly.  But I just never expected this.  Anyone out there gone through an angiogram and had stents?  I just keep thinking I'm only 50 and now have a history of heart disease.  

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  • SBinCali
    SBinCali, July 27,  2019  9:38pm EST

    Hi there,

    I just joined because I’m 44, and I had an angiogram yesterday. I didn’t need a stent but do have plaque. It wasn’t enough to need a stent.  I was terrified, but try to remember that there’s a lot that can be done, and catching these things now will save you.  I was reminded of this by my cardiologist several times. I’m happy to answer any questions about my experience yesterday. Hang in there. I know all the emotions are overwhelming.  

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, July 29,  2019  12:54pm EST

    Thank you for letting us know how you are doing. We have some great information about PAD, recovery and healthy living tips for you. Please know that we are here to help you during this time. Best Katie

  • Elizabeth17
    Elizabeth17, July 31,  2019  10:28am EST

    Hi Hrothgarblue - This particular page is mainly for Peripherial Artery Disease, which affects the arteries outside of the heart. From your post I think you are experiecing heart issues only. On this site if you go to "Connect with people like me" - "Heart" and "Heart Attack" I know that you will meet other people who have the knowledge you are seeking!

    With that said - I completely understand your shock at what you are going through. I went through the same feelings when I was diagnosed and underwent my bypass surgery at 53. I actually had a stroke at 42, but did not change my lifestyle for very long after that. I too have a heavy family history of heart disease, but I never really related it to myself. 

    If you are on facebook I highly recommend that you join a group called #GoRedGetFit - you will find tons of additional support from women of all ages young and old who are experiencing heart disease or are trying to prevent it.

    From this point just try and educate yourself as much as you can on your condition. Follow your doctors orders. And I urge you to go to cardiac rehab after any procedures that you may have to have done - it can mean the difference between life and death. They will help you deal with your anxiety and stress, and help you with the necessary lifestyle changes you may need to take!

    I wish you all the best! Trust me there is life after a heart disease diagnosis - it may be a different life than before - but one you will treasure for sure!


    Elizabeth Beard

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, August 5,  2019  8:51am EST

    HI! Thinking the angiogram was last Friday? How did things go? Best Katie

  • Marybetty
    Marybetty, August 7,  2019  7:40pm EST

    Ladt year i had a heart cath done because all my stress test showed something was wrong but the doctor did not know what it was. Good thing the heart cath was done because they found a blockage and placed a stent. I was running at least one mile a day so it was a good thing they found it. I am feeling better and now looking forward to my runs everyday. 

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