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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to our community with your story.

You have got me stumped. What is your gender? How old are you? What was the reason for the stents? Do you have any medical conditions?

For the benefit of all our readers, a stent is a tube designed to be inserted into a vessel or passageway to keep it open. Stents are inserted into narrowed coronary arteries to help keep them open after balloon angioplasty. The stent then allows the normal flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. Stents placed in narrowed carotid arteries (the vessels in the front of the neck that supply blood to the brain) appear useful in treating patients at elevated risk for stroke.

Anonymous, has your cardiologist mentioned angina as the reason for your chest pain?

Angina pectoris is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort due to coronary heart disease. It occurs when the heart muscle doesn't get as much blood as it needs. This usually happens because one or more of the heart's arteries is narrowed or blocked, also called ischemia.

Angina often occurs when the heart muscle itself needs more blood than it is getting, for example, during times of physical activity or strong emotions. Severely narrowed arteries may allow enough blood to reach the heart when the demand for oxygen is low, such as when you're sitting. But, with physical exertion—like walking up a hill or climbing stairs—the heart works harder and needs more oxygen.

Symptoms of Stable Angina - The pain or discomfort:

Occurs when the heart must work harder, usually during physical exertion
Doesn't come as a surprise, and episodes of pain tend to be alike
Usually lasts a short time (5 minutes or less)
Is relieved by rest or medicine
May feel like gas or indigestion
May feel like chest pain that spreads to the arms, back, or other areas
Possible triggers of stable angina include:
Emotional stress – learn stress management
Exposure to very hot or cold temperatures – learn how cold and hot weather affect the heart.
Heavy meals
Smoking – learn more about quitting smoking.


January 8, 2016 - 10:05am


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