From what you describe, it sounds as if you had a positive echo treadmill stress test, based on some changes on your EKG, as well as some changes in the motion of your heart as seen by exercise echocardiogram. Generally, the stress test is a screening test for coronary artery disease. The next step is a coronary angiogram, where they will be able to visualize the arteries that supply blood to your heart (coronary arteries), and determine if there are any blockages or narrowing. Coronary angiogram is the best way to diagnose coronary artery disease. If there are blockages in your coronary arteries, stents and balloons can be used to open up your arteries at the time of the coronary angiogram. You most likely will be awake during the angiogram, but made to feel drowsy and relaxed with the help of medications. There is little pain associated with the procedure.
With regards to the aspirin, this drug has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and the risk of coronary artery disease in a wide range of patients. You can discuss these specific dose with your doctor. There are also types of coated aspirin that are easier on your stomach, and less likely to cause stomach upset or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Thank you for your reply. I guess I pretty much thought this was the issue. I still have not heard anything on the cardiologist referral so I can assume they don't expect me to have a heart attack any time soon? I assume the cardiologist would have said or done something right away if there was a major problem? I'm walking around waiting to have a heart attack. Of all times, as I had to call an ambulance for my husband a little over a week ago.
Boy, I don' t want an angiogram and they would have to knock me out.
I did start taking the Baby Aspirin (coated) and no stomach problems so far but I have the nausea almost daily. Actually, I was supposed to have another endoscopy I had to cancel when my husband ended up in the ER. I may post a question about his condition as I am a bit concerned.
Again, thank you for the reply