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    Headache and heart attack
    1jessmay posted:
    Five years ago, at age 60, I had a heart attack that was caused by a congenital anomaly. Both coronary arteries were formed on the same side of the heart. The artery that needed to feed the opposite side of the heart snaked between the aorta and the pulmonary artery. I knew nothing about the anomaly. I played sports, went through boot camp for the navy at age 30, had three children at a young age without any symptoms of the heart. I did have recurrent strep infections and scarlet fever. I also started having severe leg aches at age nine. The day I had the heart attack I was very emotionally upset. My blood pressure rose, my head hurt to the point I suspected a stroke. It was many hours later that a small chest pain that wouldn't stop sent me to the ER. I had had two previous occurrences of this horrible head pain, under the same circumstances, being highly upset. No chest pain then. I now have a balance problem and often walk into walls or stagger. I just need to know if the three things may be related and if so, how. I had open heart surgery that planned to de-roof the coronary artery and attach it to one of the major arteries. Extended time in surgery changed that plan to a single by-pass graft. Should I get a CT or MRI to check to see if I may have had a stroke. I have good medical care but don't know how to approach the subject. I have complained to my GP and cardiologist about the balance problem with no relief.

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