Submitted by Dr T on October 7, 2013 – 11:00am
In Feb. 2013 I experienced 2 heart attacks, which led to the insertion of 3 stents. Afterward I felt great, cleaned up my lifestyle considerably, however I did not right away. Recently I ve been experiencing angina pains when my heart rate is increased even by simple walking for 5 min. Is there exercise or pharmaceutical treatment, or is more surgery iminent? Thanks
Figure A shows the coronary arteries located on the surface of the heart. Figure B shows a stent-widened artery with normal blood flow. The inset image shows a cross-section of the stent-widened artery. In figure C, tissue grows through and around the stent over time. This causes a partial blockage of the artery and abnormal blood flow. The inset image shows a cross-section of the tissue growth around the stent.
Your symptoms are consistent with recurrent angina, either caused by failed stents (they do fail!), or coronary artery disease elsewhere and not treated previously. You need to be re-evaluated urgently by your doctors. You are not the only one with recurrent symptoms: Read this blog I wrote recently.
Hope this helps,