So, I spent Pi Day (last Friday) in the hospital. Following a stress test I was taken by ambulance to another hospital for catheterization and intervention (a stent). My test was Thursday, the procedure Friday, and I was discharged Saturday. Technology is fucking awesome. I’m doing great today and hope to be ok’d to return to work in a few days.
It began with acute chest pain a month ago. I was feeding our horses on an extremely cold morning and I blamed the pain on the extreme cold. When I came back into the house, the pain gradually diminished. Part denial, part knowing someone with asthma who has attacks in extreme cold. I woke up with pain a few days later, but thought it was heartburn (in my defense I am on a calcium channel blocker for my hypertension predisposing me to heartburn due to GERD).
I began taking Mylanta at bedtime and it seemed to clear up. I still hadn’t mentioned anything to my gf. When the episodes continued to happen, I called my PCP. He did an EKG (normal), suggested Mylanta, but he scheduled me for a stress test as a precaution. Guess I’m lucky I made it till the test. Embarrassingly, I’ll admit my dad died at 54 years of age in his sleep from an acute myocardial infarction. I’m 56, and thought I was out of the woods. He smoked tobacco his whole life, I’ve never used tobacco.
TLDR version: Have you had a heart cath, and if so could you share your experiences? Specifically how long till you were allowed to return to work and whether or not you had any further pain since the procedure (I haven’t but I’m kinda nervous about that). Are you on Plavix? I am, but apparently there is some controversy.
Thanks for reading!