"Obviously we don't know everything we need to know about Heart Disease" MY Cardiologist
I am a 46 year woman and I am a ICU nurse. I have always been a healthy weight, have never had high cholesterol, no high blood pressure, no diabetes, no family history of CAD, and I started kickboxing in April of 2017 to increase my energy level and tone up. One morning in October 2017 I got out of bed and walked downstairs and experienced my first chest pain. It started in my sternum and radiated to my back between my sholder blades and lasted about 2 minutes then went away. No other symptoms with the pain. This went on for 5 more weeks before I had a cardiac cath with stent placement in my LAD for a 80% blockage.
As a nurse, I immediately thought of heart issues with the first chest pain but some days I would have no pain, and I never had pain while working my stressful 12 hour shifts. I took it more seriously when I experienced pain during one of my kickboxing classess. I went to the ER and EKG and blood work were normal and the pain had subsided after I stopped the workout. I even saw a GI doctor and had a complete GI workup with an EGD, to rule out reflux, etc. All was clear. Finally I had a Echo stress test, which came back abnormal. The soonest they could schedule my cardiac cath was 3 weeks out. I continued to have chest pains upon getting out of bed almost daily so I went to the ER the next day after scheduling the cath and thankfully they went ahead and did the cardiac cath the next day and found the blockage and placed the stent. I have had no chest pains since then but I am sufferring with anxiety, which I have never had before. I constantly worry about every pain and twinge in my chest and get heartburn several times per week and worry that it might be my heart. However, luckily the cath revealed only one blockage and all other coronary arteries were clear. So, I am working to regain confidence in my body with the help of counselors, cardiac rehab, and family and friends, and I may even cave in and get on some meds to help me thorugh this anxiety :). This is another story of an "out of the ordinary" scenario. Listen to your body and advocate for your health care.