My son, who has just turned 37, has recently suffered a severe heart attack. He had 100% blockage of the front artery, which was opened with angioplasty and a stent inserted. He is in hospital with a good prognosis, and is having meds regulated before being discharged. The damage to his heart has not been assessed, the doctors say this will be done in the weeks following his release. Does any one have any information on how limited his life will be as no one seems able to tell us at present? Thank you
Same exact thing happened to me I was 40 years old. I had been having signs of it getting blocked for 9 years, but total block in august 2002. The damage is in the lower part of my heart and they say I should live an uneventful life. The damage would not have been there if they would have listened to me in the first place, but my damage is minor. Hope the same goes for your son.
Just these horrible pains, undescribable. All over upper back, upper chest, even shooting pains up my neck. Off and on for 9 years. Sweating, hard to breathe, restless with worse pains. Then I got a murmur which I had never had--which could mean the blood is flowing backwards. Come to find out major artery in front of my heart totaly blocked off. I had 22 episodes of this pain and such in 5 days, be4 they said heart attack. I was air lifted to phoenix heart hospital, straight to cath lab. Angioplasty and stent.
Puffinstar, I had my first heart attack at 35 years of age, my second heart attack at 40 years of age, and at 46 had two stents put in for 80% blockages. I'm still able to live a fairly normal life, although my heart is no longer very strong.
Make sure your son takes this as a sign and changes any behaviors that may have brought it on, i.E smoking, fatty diet, stress. His chances of living a normal life are hopefully good, but he has to realize that his life will be different. Some negatives i've been faced with are not really health related. Getting life insurance is impossible, getting health insurance is very difficult, and getting hired by someone who knows my past history (or requires a physical) is impossible.
I'll be glad to help answer any questions or concerns you have.
Hmm I am in somewhat of a different predicament, my mom is about 46 yrs old, and she has already had an angioplasty done about 5 yrs ago. Recently although, I have seen her symptoms come back but she has also recently lost her job meaning no insurance. Being said that her symptoms are: swollen ankles/ itchy ankles and hands/tiresome/and her blood work even came back with high cholesterol, blood palette count, and also high tryglycerides level. What can I do? Should we consult a doctor immediately? What is the cost of this without insurance?
Very sorry to hear your Mom is having more issues. Any swelling of the ankles and hands can be heart-related, but may also be caused by other things. With her history, it's important to follow up with a doctor as soon as possible. An appointment with her cardiologist should ease your mind. It may only require a change in her meds. If she has not been under the care of a cardiologist, she should be. If her blood platelet count is unusual, her primary doctor should be notified for a follow-up since this may be unrelated to any potential heart issues. Notify your doctors of her insurance problems, hopefully they will work with you on payment of the office visits, and any follow-up procedures. Let me know if I can be of any additional assistance.