Hi, I’m Jasun… I am new to the group, I’m 53 years old male, slender, and I believe I am experiencing chronic angina (shortness of breath 3-5 times a day with exhaustion). After the stent procedure I found I had shortness of breath 1 time a day, with exhaustion, but it has been increasing. The shortness of breath & exhaustion lasts about 5-20 minutes.
I am not sure what I have because doctors are not answering all of my questions.
I got a heart attack warning (jaw pain & chest tightness) on April 28, 2017. Doctors found I was having a heart attack warning, and recommended Angioplasty. During Angioplasty they found blockage in my left anterior descending artery, and added a stent.
I never had any issues before this, and I was able to go for 20 minute - 1 hour medium pace walks, daily chores, and activities, etc. but now after the stent procedure, now I am having difficulty with simple activities, and even after just driving a car, and going to a movie, or even walking across the house —— in other words, I can be sitting down and get shortness of breath after no exertion.
I have been prescribed, and I’m taking these meds daily:
• Aspirin 81mg (morning)
• Atorvastatin 10mg (night)
• Metroprolol succinate 12.5mg (morning)
• Ticagrelor 90mg 2 (morning & night)
These drugs must be taken daily, or my health could seriously take a bad turn for the worse.
I was also prescribed Ranexa, to help with the Angina, but it seemed to make the Angina worse. I was taking it twice a day, (two 500 mg. doses), but after the 2nd dose my Angina lasted 4 hours in the morning. I mentioned this to my cardiologist, and he immediately had me discontinue use of Ranexa —— in it’s place, he recommended that I go for therapy that involves laying down, and have machine compression devices work on my body. I’m not sure of all the details, as I have not gone to the orientation yet (going this coming week).
Does anybody have any suggestions for relief, or what it is the reason for the Angina, or the bigger question—— “Is the Angina a healing process side-effect from my stent procedure, that will go away in time, or am I in this horror for the long haul?”…
Hope you all are feeling no, to less pain, about now, whatever your situation.
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