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Emotional & Nervous after Stent Placement
Fit4dale posted:
I am a 38 year old male who had a stent placed in my left diagonal. I went into the emergency room with light headedness, chest pain, tightness and overall blah feeling. After a blood workup, my triponin levels were a bit elevated. I was put into a cath lab and an 80% blockage was found. 2 other minor blockages of less than 30% were also found but not stented. I have a family history of heart disease on both sides. Since the stent I have been on an emotional roller coaster. I have a ton of anxiety. I can't seem to find a emotional peace to much of anything. I am trying to be active, but for some reason I can't let go of the scared feeling. I am on a BP med to control my heart rate, a blood thinner and a statin. I have tingling sensations in my arms and legs and just feel yuck from time to time. Some days I feel awesome and want to conquer the world. Some days I just want to go to bed and forget everything. My question....Is this normal? I have 3 children and an amazing wife and life, yet I am letting this control me. I have had a lot of people tell me to just look at this as a 2nd chance or to be thankful for it being found. I am thankful but that doesnt change the fact that I am scared and nervous about everything. If any of you have any thoughts or past experiences, please let me know.

billh99 responded:
It is very common to have worry and anxiety after having a stent or bypass.

Ask your cardiologist for a referral to a Cardiac Rehab Program.

In those programs you will exercise, will being monitored. It not only helps built exercise tolerance, but also gives confidence that you can exercise safetly.

Also there will be educational information on things like as diets and meds.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

"Is this normal?"

I'd say it's more common for this to occur, with some individuals reporting a so-called "heightened sense of awareness", and in some, far worse, depression (especially if a heart attack has occured, with or without stents or bypass).

Sometimes, heart disease patients have reported anger, mood swings/emotional outbursts/emotions running wild can occur, personality changes (which sometimes can be directly due to prescription drugs or even brain damage from a stroke that occurred during or right after heart surgery, as applicable, which can cause neurological alterations or deficits), and fear as well. Additionally, a feelng of hopeless in which one has decided to give up, throw in the towel (something that obviously one should not do).

"I have tingling sensations in my arms and legs"

Did you ever experience this before you had the procedure?

Tingling or numbness (paresthesias), has various causes, even including a side effect from some prescription drugs, or it can correlate with, or be triggered off by other symptoms (such as pain). Most common areas affected are the hands, arms, legs and feet, though it can occur anywhere on the body.

The bottom line

Coronary stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot treatment, as it does not treat the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable condition (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression), requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

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Haylen_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi Fit4Dale -

I certinally understand your roller coaster emotions after your procedure!

I strongly encourage you to find a way to manage your stress and anxiety. Not only will it help your body but I find that stress management makes me a better parent and wife. My "thing" is gentle/restorative yoga but there are many ways to quiet your mind and get you out of bed on tough days.

Check out the WebMD Stress Management Center. My favorite article there is Blissing Out: 10 Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress


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