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What can cause pressure & shortness of breath
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What can cause pressure & shortness of breath

My 62 year old wife was having mild angina attacks 1 year ago (ocassional shortnesss of breath & pain). Her Dr. did an angio and found 1 partially blocked artery with spasms. He inserted a stent. Put her on Plavix & Lipitor. She has been fine for 11 months, but now has similar symptons. A nuclear stress was negative. She excercises 4 or 5 times per week descending & climbing 9 flights of stairs with no problem, but could develop tightness & shortness of breath while sitting or while sleeping.  Her Dr has her on an event recorder. Would a heart CT scan help? Would it show the stent and indicaye if it is restricting? Is another angio the only answer?
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