From what I have read online here regarding prinzmetal, I am seeing common themes.
I am also as frustrated as the rest of you. I have had what was at first called an artery spasm with no damage,
at 42 in 1989. My Cardio Doc said I had 40% blockage in the LAD artery. But he said I would never die from it.
First attack was brought n by major stress. The Grand Rapids, MI cardio Doc was able to duplicate my attack
during the heart cath.
Next "episode" 19 years later, last Easter morning, I had severe chest pains while getting ready for a sunrise service.
I was away from home working on an indian reservation for a non profit. I was looking forward to meeting friends.
I thought I had taken good care of myself after a busy volunteer week. I was sent to Rapid City Regional where I received the most knowledge and best health care. I had an MI and was being observed for 24 hours or so I thought.
Results were a very mild heart attack. The heart cath showed the LAD artery had colapsed near the bottom of the
artery. Nitro was shot into the artery and it was reopened. I have not had any stents etc. And yes i did have underlying stress factors once again. Anniversary of death of first stillborn birth and deployement of my
36 year old son for a third tour in Iraq.
So what I see is stress and LAD artery as clues.
How many have had both of these factors involved in your angina?
To the Doctors---Besides Meds and stress reduction, what else can we do?
It is really frustrating. I have told my Doc I feel like a ticking time bomb. And her anser is you always say that!
Yep I do. Because I am concerned.
Spazz in Michigan
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