I have 8 med stents fully lining in my LCA forming a full metal jacket
And two others in adjacent arteries.
The last was placed in February 2015. I have been on plavix for over 8 years.
My ekgs always show sinus rhythm or bradycardia, even immediately before heart catheterization when blockages were found. As a result the doctors have difficulty understanding the angina I am having. I have had two minor mi, one while having a stress test. It only indicated bradycardia.
I have also had 2 strokes reversed by tpa and 1 "mini stroke"
I had relief from angina for about two weeks after the last stent placement, but that has resumed with a vengeance and is debilitating.
As you can imagine I am confusing the cardiologists since my symptoms are atypical. Unfortunately it is difficult to get them to list or even read the documented case history.
My cardiologist referred me to a surgeon for heart by-pass surgery. A subsequent heart cath showed no current blockage with a "normal" eeg of sinus bradycardia.
The current diagnoses is the stents are restricting flow into the arteries being fed by this vessel, including the micro arteries. A by-pass will not relieve the problems caused by the stunted arteries.
I'm being told that increased meds may help, if not a different type of heart by-pass graft may be needed.
My question is does it seem reasonable that the stented artery can be causing the theme angina and that by-passing the affected artery will not benefit me?