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Anon_18983 posted:
I am female 44 yrs old I had a heart attack 3 yrs ago and had 3 stents put in and since have been doing well I am off all meds except for aspirin
for the last month I have been having pain in front left rib area that gets worse when I am working or if I cough (no injury) no other symptoms that I can see Any thoughts or suggestions??? Thanks
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"For the last month I have been having pain in front left rib area that gets worse when I am working or if I cough (no injury)"

While it doesn't sound cardiac-related, never-the-less, one should report ANY bothersome, concerning, troublesome, worrisome, worsening or new symptom(s) to his/her doctor promptly.

The bottom line

Coronary stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment, as it does not 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.

Take care,

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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
I would recommend that you discuss these symptoms with your cardiologist!


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