Stent placement has me angry and scaredI am a 66 year old woman who has been in excellent health, except for the occasional fall and sprained or broken ankles or hand. I never smoked, I rarely have a glass of wine, I am at my BMI, and I took no medication. My BP has always been excellent, my cholesterol has always been at goal, great sugar levels, and I try to get in at least 5000 steps a day. I eat a low fat, reduced salt, and low sugar diet with little red meat.
Two weeks ago I woke up with chest pains and called 911. I spent the whole day in the ER, all tests normal. The next day I had a stress test which showed an anomaly and that afternoon, had stents placed in my heart. Up until then the doctors were stumped because I was so healthy.
Now I am angry and scared. Angry that I was doing everything right yet this happened. Scared because I don't know what to expect. I am also scared because my father's side of the family have all died of cardiac arrest....some having no symptoms, two who had bypass surgery, and one who died at 67 but was a smoker.
I am a college professor of 37 years and plan to retire at the end of the semester. I also work part time as a medical social worker and plan to continue with that. I have been married for 37 years and have one son and now a three year old grandson. I want to be able to spend more time with my family but am scared.
I am glad to have found this site and hope it will help me through this.