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35 Years Old - Just had 3 Stents - Anyone similar in age?
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Misery_Loves_Company posted:
Just some brief background. I'm a 35 year old male with no prior history of heart problems. I do have some family history - grandfather who died at age 46 and an aunt who died at 51 - both of heart attacks.

I 'was' a smoker with a poor diet living a sedentary lifestyle. However - my BP generally stayed around 100/60 with a resting heart rate of 60. My cholesterol and triglycerides aren't high. I could stand to lose a few pounds, but I'm 185 at 5' 9" - far from obese.

Recently - 5 weeks ago - I began experiencing chest pains. They would come and go at various times and I couldn't put my finger on anything in particular that would trigger them. I went to the local urgent care. The EKG they ran was normal. Their diagnosis was stress / panic attacks. I don't fault them given the information available.

During the week of Christmas - chest pains continued. Had an Echo with a Cardiologist on a Monday that was normal. Went back for a stress test on Tuesday. Chest pains near the end of the treadmill with irregular EKG's. Came close to a heart attack in the Cardiologist office. He sent me straight to the hospital for a Cardiac Cath. The cath revealed 3 major blockages, the worst being my RCA at 99% blocked. Had one stent during that cath then another cath on Thursday of that week with two more stents. Went home on Christmas Eve.

Needless to say I was shocked. In many ways - I still am in a state of shock. As I would get up an walk the halls of the hospital when I was able - I didn't see anyone my age.

Anyone in your 30's (early / middle / late - doesn't matter . . .) out there with the same scenario? How are you coping? Was it a major shock to the system for you?

Also - Anyone out there with recent stents on Effient? Thoughts?
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

As various medical literature and the worldwide media have reported, clinically significant (blood flow-limiting) coronary artery disease (CAD), sometimes leading to a dreaded heart attack, is increasing in those in their mid/late 30s to early 40s.

CAD actually begins (the process and progression of) very early in life, even as early as in the pre-teen/teenage years. Fatty streaks (represents the earliest precursor to plaque development and plaque is the pathological hallmark of atherosclerosis) are the beginning of atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries. Soft plaque (more dangerous and unpredictable than hard or calcified plaque) is the early stage of atherosclerosis.

CAD is a lifelong unpredictable (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression) condition.

Coronary stents (drug-eluting or bare-metal) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment, as this doesn't address the disease processes and what drives the progression.

Good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding is so very important, essential at ALL times.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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scottforthewin responded:
I have a similar story... I'm 33 and had two stents placed in my right coronary artery (100%) last May; also taking Effient (at least for another month or so, according to my doctor).

It's been a year since your post, but let me know if you're still on this board and how we can discuss further. It's really nice to find people in similar situations to network with.
 
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Misery_Loves_Company replied to scottforthewin's response:
Still hanging around. Is your doc going to take you off anti-platlets altogether? My cardiologist told me I'm pretty much on effient (or something like it) for the rest of my life. He mentioned switching me to Plavix once it goes generic.

Both stents were in the same artery? How did the others look?
 
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deadmanwalking57 responded:
Don't worry about coping. Either you alter your lifestyle, or have it alter you.

If you dedicate yourself to low stress, eating smart, cardiac rehab and a regular daily exercise plan of mixed walking and more strenuous exercise with warm-up, in about 4 years you may be able to do almost anything you want. Its up to you.

Available research shows even more stuff than you can find published. I'm an excellent resource if you have any specific questions. You received stents. I had emergency triple bypass, but at 53. And never smoked, never overweight.

DMW
 
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deadmanwalking57 responded:
Have you seen the documentary "Forks Over Knives" yet.

Its available on Netflix, or you can buy the DVD
 
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BJC21 responded:
I know this thread was started a year ago, but just recently had a stent placed in circumflex. 37 yo male. Woke in the middle of night with what I thought was indegestion. Took 2 antacids and the pain did not subside. I then began having pain in an area of my jaw. I told my wife that maybe we should go to the ER. 1/2 hour after arriving at the ER I suffered MI. Rushed to heart specialist hospital in Hartford CT. Cath revealed blockage in circumflex and 1 stent placed. taking Effient, Atorvastatin,Lisinopril,Metoprolol and an aspirin.

I found this thread because I have been having a rough time coping. Some days I feel great. Good outlook and other days I have the "why me?'s" and panic attacks.

I too was looking for others with the same situation. I was very active prior to the MI. softball and gym 3-4 days a week. No I feel like I will never be close to the same as I was.
 
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billh99 replied to BJC21's response:
No I feel like I will never be close to the same as I was.

In a year or two many people report that they feel better than they ever have.

The good thing is that you got to the hospital on the first symptoms. Any heart muscle damage should be none or limited.

Too often people put this off until more damage is done to the heart.

TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT GOING TO CARDIAC REHAB.

To a lot of people that gives them confidence to return to their previous level of exercise (or more). And they also discuss things like the emotional problems, diet, meds, etc.
 
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eman1965 responded:
I'm 46, and experienced chest pains about a month ago while at the Atlanta airport. I broke into a cold sweat but felt a little better so took the plane home. The chest pains would come and go until finally I woke at 3 AM with pain radiating through my shoulder and left arm.

I called 911 when I felt weak and out of breath. The ambulance came and I almost stayed at home as I was feeling better. I did cram 2 aspirins in my mouth during this episode.

I was transported to the hospital and they detected I had a heart attack by my blood. Later that afternoon I had a stent and two angioplastys. All I heard in the hospital was "You are so young."
 
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Misery_Loves_Company replied to BJC21's response:
Been quite a while since you posted this, but just to let you know - it does get better. Time heals a lot of the mental scars. It will be 2 years here in a couple of months and I would be lying if I said I don't still think about it, but it doesn't have me living in fear. Life goes on and hopefully it has for you. Hope you are doing well.
 
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Misery_Loves_Company replied to eman1965's response:
Glad you were able to get to the hospital and get the problem addressed. I remember walking through the halls at the hospital after my MI and stents and wondering what in the hell I was doing there. Everyone I saw was in their 50's and 60's. Everyone looked at me odd and all the nurses wondered why I was there. It was the same way with Cardiac rehab. Met some great people in rehab though who really helped me despite the age difference.
 
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Misery_Loves_Company replied to eman1965's response:
By the way - the Atlanta airport is enough to give anyone chest pains!

: )
 
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AthenaT responded:
prior to my heart attack i was in good health but i did smoke and over weight i decided that i wanted to lose weight so i started to go to the gym 5 day a week and chang my diet and slow down the smokeing after 3 months i lose 32 pound then one day i had pain in my arms and jaw i though i was have a panic attack because i have been under a lot of stress. my grandma was diagnosed with terminal cancer and i was planing leaving my husbean and my work what i can say is that i wanted to scream so i though to take deep breath it went away then the next day had the same pain but it hurt more i told my husben that i need to go to urgent care thats when they said i was having a heart attack i was scared they called 911 to take me to the hospital were they that i need to go to surgery thats when the major heart attack started im a women age of 33 had a 100 persent blood clot in my left artery they said it like a 25 year old man having a hart attack they dont know how it happen im going to see other doctor to find out the problem.
 
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RBuenoPasig replied to BJC21's response:
I feel the same way. I am now 44 yo had four stents two years ago. My life has definitely changed. I am always tried, worry, have pains, soreness around my body. I am on baby aspirin, annalaprel, benicar and simvastatin. I excersize regularly, eat relatively healthy, no smoke or alcohol but feels okay sometimes but other times feels weak and tired.


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