Jun 12
paris07 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Hello Everyone

I am 49 years old born in the United Kingdom. I work for a great US based company with a head office in London, for the past 5 years I have worked abroad with my company on various projects as a Project Manager and am currently situated in Doha, Qatar.

At the end of April 2016 I was on one of my rotational leaves visiting my family in the UK for the usual 2 weeks. On my second week in the UK I was in the gym where I did the usual 30 min run followed by my chest work out once I had completed I proceeded to get into my car to drive home, I was on my way when I suddenly started to experience discomfort in my arms and jaw followed by shortness of breath and pain in my chest. I recognized these as a heart attack and proceeded to drive to the hospital where it was confirmed.

At the hospital I was diagnosed as having the heart attack and a coronary angioplasty was performed and one stent fitted. I was in hospital for 2 days and released to go home to recover and prescribed to take the following tablets:- Aspirin 75mg; Atorvastatin 80mg; Bisoprolol Fumarate 1.25mg; Ramipril 1.25mg; Ticagrelor 90mg and Glyceryl Trinitrate. I felt a lot better after a week of resting and was back in the gym two weeks after my operation doing light treadmill work and weight lifting. After 4 weeks of resting I was allowed to return to work and flew back to Qatar to start work. It has now been approximately 8 weeks since all this has happened and all was fine until about a week or so ago I started waking up in the night with a pain in my chest and numbness in my left hand shook me up the first time it happened but the symptoms went away after I sprayed the Glyceryl Trinitrate under the tong I have never used this spray until a week ago also I feel tired more often than before and seem to be suffering from constipation. This condition seems to be happening at least 2 – 3 times a week. I have an appointment with a cardiologist this week and will discuss the issues.

I have read the blogs on this site which have helped a lot and it is good to read the helpful advice from other members on this site

  • Wallyd1
    Please keep us posted when you see cardiologist...does he approve of kind of exercise you're doing...seems a bit heavy for a heart patient?
  • Finn000
    Recheck stent- compromised. Blood thinner issue? Clots?
  • dcsmith1213
    Just a thought - I was told after my heart attack - (I had two stents placed) - that generally it takes 6 weeks to regain full strength and normalcy again. I would definitely consult a physician.
  • renato
    Do not wait a minute, go as soon as possible to the nearest hospital where there is a cardiologic unit, the drugs you are taking are pefect ,check again your stent to understand if it is OK -- even better should be a simple angina pectoris. PS, do not exercise, wait at least 1 month before to return at your standard style of live. My english is not good, i am italian living at Milano Renato
  • Bobcat
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  • Bevrly
    I am sorry to hear of your problems. Don't wait. See a specialist and see what he has to say. The numbness sounds like stroke. I had a TIA several years ago and no problems sine. It was a strange feeling as my whole left side went numb. My husband had a stroke so I knew the symptoms and went to the emergency room immediately.. the cardiologist confirmed it was a TIA but I have had no problems since and I am 85. Take care. Beverly
  • anne-marie halloran
    anne-marie halloran,
    Thank you all. I am an octogenarian, did many competitive sports all my life, I feel, and look like the picture of health and yet, yes, I an acute TIA and could no longer walk. I felt a strong cutting pain in my brain at 5 am, but thought it best to wait 2 days to tell my doctor about it, my appointment was 2 days from now, so I dismissed the strange early morning headache. We heard about strokes, but know too little to prepare for one. My life has changed. I iive in beautiful central California, belong to a club on the water but must move to beautiful but land locked TN as my daughter and her family live there. I am frightened.. This morning I could not go to the farewell service at our non denominational Church in a forest due to pain in my legs. Our be loved Head clergy is retiring. I has been 2 months since I was in the stroke center of our hospital in Monterey. I live in fear even though I pray as I have all my life, I am loosing hope, I do not want to burden my giving daughter, who generously bought me a house 40 minutes near her. I need your comments, best ,annemarie
  • StrokeLight2B
    Dear paris07 Thank you for sharing so honestly. So glad you feel well enough to post in this community and help us with your experience. Sorry to hear about those recent episodes. I hope your appointment with your cardiologist is very early in this week so you can get some answers soon. Please take great care of yourself and keep us posted on your well-being. All the best to you.
    well my experience was after my HA I was fitted with a stint and one week later it closed up and caused another HA my symptoms were my aching in my jaws like a bad tooth ache..then BAM HA then off for a CABG4. good luck and I pray everything is simple for you
  • paris07
    Thank you all for the good advice and confidence
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