Could This Be Ischemia?
Current Postings (4):
Marie, the primary side effect of angina
is not heart pain but shortness of breath. You may very well have
angina and if it is diagnosed as Class III or IV you might want to
consider seeking a prescription for a course of the non-invasive
FDA approved treatment option for the indication of angina i.e.,
Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) Info for this procedure
can be obtained here at the forum and at www.eecp.com
Hi, I am 34 years old male. Diagnosed
three vessels atherosclerosis with LAD being 80% narrowed to the
mid portion in August 2004. However, it is not known what is the
blocked percentage on other arteries. I am on Atenolol 25mg, Aspirin
75mg and Atorvastatin 20mg. I do have occasional chest discomfort
with burning chest sensation, jaw pain and feels my ear is blocked
but gets slightly better when swallow. Recently went for stress test
which was ok. Completed 12 minutes without any pain or discomfort.
Didn't take the Atenolol on the day of my stress test to see how
my pulse rate do. It went upto 182. Consultant thinks the Atenolol
isn't actively working. So he changed it to Bisoprolol 5mg and Diltiazem
120mg. As soon as I took the new medication, my heart was pounding
and I felt really bad including chest discomfort and pinching....
Called my Cardiologist straightaway and he put me back on to my old
Atenolol. Now it is ok but still feel discomfort on my chest almost
everyday. Frequency of this symptoms are now often. Cardiologist
is now saying to have the angioplasty done in around 2-3 months time.
I am scared of this procedure. Has anyone got similar symptom as
Marie, have you reported these symptoms
to your cardiologist? One way to determine if you ischemia is a stress
test of some sort -- what are called "functional tests" --
they don't measure blockages but do measure blood flow to the heart
and can tell if not enough is getting through (ischemia). Usually
ischemia is by angina, chest pain -- but some people, especially
women, don't necessarily experience those symptoms. A new way to
determine blockages is through the use of a 64-slice
CT angiogram which is non-invasive (no catheter in the femoral
artery), takes only minutes and does not require hospitalization.
Marie, Florida, USA, July 5, 2006
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