Heart Attack at 45 Now Dealing with AnginaHi my name is Wendy and 3 years ago, at the age of 45, I had a massive heart attack with no warning. My then fiance, now husband, and I were getting ready for bed, when I felt a weird pain in my chest. It wasn't sharp and scary, it was just something I had never felt before.The pain was like when you take a large drink of soda and you need to burp. After about 20 minutes the pain was still there, so I told my fiance that we should probably go to the hospital, to have it checked out. I was in total denial that I was having any kind of issues with my heart. We get to the hospital, I walk into the ER and tell the girl at the front desk that I was having some weird pains and they took me right back and did an EKG. The tech, walked me down the hall and gave the results to a doctor, who told me I needed lie down, I was having a heart attack! What do you mean, a heart attack? Within an hour of having pains, I was having an angioplasty where I had 100% blockage in the LAD, the Widow Maker!
I was in the hospital for 4 days, and back to work a week later. I felt amazing. A few weeks, after the attack, I started having sharp, shooting pains, in my chest, and went back ot the doctor for more test, and they said I have Angina. Since then I have suffered with Angina pain constantly. I am on 2 different meds that are supposed to help control the angina pain, but I have really good days and, but a lot of really bad days. I go in to see my doctor every 6 months, and I tell him everytime that the pains are still there and he keeps telling me that he is not worried about another heart attack, but I am starting to think it might be time to go back in and check things out. I do know that I have Microvascular disease, which is probably the cause of the angina, but it is still scary.
I would love to connect with others that deal with Angina as much as I do, and learn how others cope. Thank you for taking the time to read my story and I would love to hear from others.