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    Weird chest sensations after stent installed
    An_244382 posted:
    It has been 9 days since three stents were installed in my heart. During
    and angiogram that revealed I had 100% blockage in one artery, 98% blockagge in another and 50% blockage in a third, three stents were installed.
    I go for follow up in two days so my questions may be answered then, however, since I've had these stents installed I have felt a prickly irritating feeling in the left side of my chest which I believe is in my heart. This dull annoying scratchy feeling has been present almost 100% of the time since the surgery.
    At first I figured it was just normal post surgery feelings and when I asked the cardiologist about it before leaving the hospital he didn't seem concerned. It hasn't gone away and at times has temporarily gotten worse but always returns to this dull anoyying ache?
    Has anyone got suggestions of what this may be? I've read some other forums in which people are experincing the same sensation but no one seems to be able to provide an answer of what exactly it is.
    Recently Broken Heart
    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I have felt a prickly irritating feeling in the left side of my chest which I believe is in my heart. This dull annoying scratchy feeling has been present almost 100% of the time since the surgery."

    "I've read some other forums in which people are experincing the same sensation......"

    Hmmmmmm interesting, I haven't that, however, worth mentioning here, for future reference, as reported, chest (not stent) discomfort or pain following successful percutaneous coronary interventions such as angioplasty, with or without coronary stenting, may/can occur (though considered uncommon, judging by the sheer number of stents implanted worldwide each year), and such discomfort or pain may/can be indicative of acute coronary artery closure (angioplasty-only), coronary artery spasm (angioplasty-only or occurring near the stented site), or heart attack, but may also be due to local coronary artery trauma, coronary artery wall stretching, or may be deemed "idiopathic" (no known cause, cause unknown).

    The bottom line

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

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (may/can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition requiring a continuum of care.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

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    An_244382 replied to cardiostarusa1's response:
    Okay, so if anyone is wondering. The scratchy prickly sensations I felt in my chest were not at all post surgery anything. Upon inquiring about them to the doctor I was immediately hospitalized and underwent a second surgery where it was decided one more stent was needed. Got home from the hospital yesterday and am feeling much better.
    Bottom line...if your having chest 911!
    God Bless
    Recently Broken Heart
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to An_244382's response:
    Thank you for the update - I'm so glad you contacted your doctor!

    Here's some more information about when to call the doctor and when to go to the Emergency Room:

    When to call the doctor about heart disease

    I'm glad you're home from the hospital and feeling better


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