Heart attack and Type 1 diabetesHello Everyone,
My name is Sandi and I am 52 years old. I have had Type 1 diabetes for 34 years and two months ago I suffered a heart attack. I had an angioplasty done with five stents placed in my arteries. I have been recovering well but I do experience some discomfort in the upper middle part of my chest occasionally. I had the Cardiolite stress test done and everything was fine to do with my heart. The doctor thinks it may be irritation from the stents but I haven't been able to find any information about that so I do wonder if that's accurate or if something else is causing the feeling. I would love to know if anyone else on this site has had that experience. I would also love to hear from others who also may have Type 1 diabetes along with their heart disease. There is a lot of information out there about Type 2 diabetes but that really is a different disease than Type 1. One of the most difficult issues I am having is how to eat now. I have done low carb eating for so long to help control my blood sugars but now I need to cut out or cut down on saturated fats. I have taken to eating vegetarian/vegan, but it's hard to do that AND keep the carbs low. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! It's been pretty overwhelming at times adjusting to having two chronic illnesses now andd keeping up with the routine and doing everything "right". I find that it isn't the physical things so much as it is the mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges that are the most difficult. Thank you for letting me post my story and the opportunity to know I am not alone in this.