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    Question about post heart attack
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    An_250708 posted:
    My husband had a heart attack on Monday had blockage and a stent put in. He was released on Wednesday. He is having chest and arm pain. Not the same as the he says it feels real sore. More like muscle pain. Is this common?
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "Is this common?"

    Not typically.

    Especially when a heart attack has occured, one should know his/her left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is the single-most important clinical indicator of how well the heart is pumping, the amount of blood that is being forced out of the left ventricle (LV) with each beat.

    Cleveland Clinic

    Understanding Your Ejection Fraction

    http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/heartfailure/ejectionfraction.aspx
    The bottom line

    Coronary stents (drug-eluting or bare-metal) 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,

    Best of luck to your husband and you down the road of life.

    Take care,

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