My mother is 63 and just had an angiogram. They found a blockage that was to small of an intrance to put in a stent. They sent her home and said she would have a heart attack and thet would releive the pain she has been in.
Does that sound correct?
You must have misunderstood as a heart attack doesn't relieve any pain. A heart attack damages heart cells often due to lack of blood/oxygen to the area in question, and chest pain (angina) is not necessarily a heart attack, but it often indicates a lack of sufficient blood supply as a result of blocked vessels...a warning of a future heart attack.
A stent is not always necessary to relieve pain from occluded vessels. Medication (nitrate) can dilate vessels and open a better blood/oxygen flow to heart cells. Even though the small vessel is totally blocked it could be other open vessels supply blood to the deficit area.
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