Blood Vessel spasms

PeggyGmpalo Community Member September 17, 2007
  • I recently had a mild heart attack and had an angioplasty done with one stent inserted. After I went home I had another episode of chest pain and another Angiogram was done. My Cardiologist was baffled to see that one of my main vessels was opening and closing repeatedly while he watched. He and his colleagues had no idea what could cause this. Does anyone here know of any such thing? Thank You.

     

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  • Anonymous
    Shelly
    Apr. 20, 2010

    I find this information very helpful. I am also experience severe chest pain.  The angiograph showed that the blood vessel is going into spasms. They say it is caused by migraine. I have also had more strokes than i can count on my fingers so I have stopped counting.  They say it is migraine.  But my cardiologist says it is vasculitis. ...

    RHMLucky777

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    I find this information very helpful. I am also experience severe chest pain.  The angiograph showed that the blood vessel is going into spasms. They say it is caused by migraine. I have also had more strokes than i can count on my fingers so I have stopped counting.  They say it is migraine.  But my cardiologist says it is vasculitis.  I also turn blue sometimes and have other symptoms that migraine cannot explain,

  • Anonymous
    Mike
    Nov. 17, 2007

    My wife has this same issue, she has had 7 stent's and suffers greatly from vessel spasms, the doctors now say that there is nothing they can do for her chest pain,they say she is going to have to live with it.Her vessel spasms are very painfull and are very erratic, she is in pain everyday for most of the day,when she is trying to sleep is the worst.

    We...

    RHMLucky777

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    My wife has this same issue, she has had 7 stent's and suffers greatly from vessel spasms, the doctors now say that there is nothing they can do for her chest pain,they say she is going to have to live with it.Her vessel spasms are very painfull and are very erratic, she is in pain everyday for most of the day,when she is trying to sleep is the worst.

    We are now trying to find any cardiac Doctor that would have any idea's to help her

    • Anonymous
      Peggy
      Nov. 17, 2007

      Thank you for responding. Yes, I too have pains on and off daily. I have only has one stent put in so far with two blockages that we are trying to fix with medicine. The only thing they told me that could help was a drug called Norvasc. But I had a bad reaction to it. My one leg swelled up to an alarming size while on it and went back to normal when I stopped...

      RHMLucky777

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      Thank you for responding. Yes, I too have pains on and off daily. I have only has one stent put in so far with two blockages that we are trying to fix with medicine. The only thing they told me that could help was a drug called Norvasc. But I had a bad reaction to it. My one leg swelled up to an alarming size while on it and went back to normal when I stopped taking it. I find no answers on how to live with this constant fear. The pain is one thing but to wonder each time I feel chest pain if this is a heart attack or just the artery spasms is driving me crazy. I hope your wife finds help. I have to hope we each will one day.

       

    • Anonymous
      MK
      Nov. 20, 2008

      I don't know where you are located, but my cardiologist has a very good reputation. Thomas Lambert, M.D. in Las Vegas, NV.  Moutntain View Medical Center.  Even if you don't live close, he is probably worth seeing. I have suffered with Migraine headaches since I was 16, and I am now 42. I have gone to probably 10 different doctors about my migraines,...

      RHMLucky777

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      I don't know where you are located, but my cardiologist has a very good reputation. Thomas Lambert, M.D. in Las Vegas, NV.  Moutntain View Medical Center.  Even if you don't live close, he is probably worth seeing. I have suffered with Migraine headaches since I was 16, and I am now 42. I have gone to probably 10 different doctors about my migraines, and the only resolution I got was Imitrex. I started having chest pain that radiated into my left shoulder when I was 36, and I have had the problem off and on since then. I was told by one doctor that I just needed to take pepcid. I was referred to Dr. Lambert just a week ago, and after evaluating me, he did some test in and out of the hospital and found that I didn't have any clogged arteries, but my heart vessels were spasming. He said that many times, people with migraines have this problem. He prescribed something for me to help those spasms, and I have to say that my energy level has increased as well. Before I felt like I wasn't getting enough oxygen, and now I feel energetic. He has been a huge blessing for me!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jan. 22, 2010

      What did he give you??

    • Anonymous
      MK
      Jan. 24, 2010

      He started me on a low dose of norvasc.

    • Angie
      Mar. 21, 2012

      I had angiogram performed last Nov 2011 due to pain on my chest throat, breathing difficulty causing sleepless night for 3 yrs. I was then diagnosed with little vein spasm. I could see on the monitor that my one of my veins is constricting during the procedure. All along I thought of having heart failure/failure. My doctor prescribed a combination of DILZEM...

      RHMLucky777

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      I had angiogram performed last Nov 2011 due to pain on my chest throat, breathing difficulty causing sleepless night for 3 yrs. I was then diagnosed with little vein spasm. I could see on the monitor that my one of my veins is constricting during the procedure. All along I thought of having heart failure/failure. My doctor prescribed a combination of DILZEM tablet 180 mg divided 3x a day. ELANTAN 50mg (little red capsule) once or twice a day. Also CLOPIDOGREL 75mg. taken once a day. When I tried taking the medicines, I felt so relieved and can even sleep tight at night. I avoided salty food because it seems to trigger the spasm by it. God bless.

    • Anonymous
      Angie
      Mar. 21, 2012

      I had angiogram performed last Nov 2011 due to pain on my chest throat, breathing difficulty causing sleepless night for 3 yrs. I was then diagnosed with little vein spasm. I could see on the monitor that my one of my veins is constricting during the procedure. All along I thought of having heart failure/failure. My doctor prescribed a combination of DILZEM...

      RHMLucky777

      Read More

      I had angiogram performed last Nov 2011 due to pain on my chest throat, breathing difficulty causing sleepless night for 3 yrs. I was then diagnosed with little vein spasm. I could see on the monitor that my one of my veins is constricting during the procedure. All along I thought of having heart failure/failure. My doctor prescribed a combination of DILZEM tablet 180 mg divided 3x a day. ELANTAN 50mg (little red capsule) once or twice a day. Also CLOPIDOGREL 75mg. taken once a day. When I tried taking the medicines, I felt so relieved and can even sleep tight at night. I avoided salty food because it seems to trigger the spasm by it. God bless.

  • Anonymous
    Harriett Dunn
    Sep. 21, 2007
    I can offer my experience as food for thought.  When alsohol is used to clean my skin preparing for an I.V. or for blood drawing, the vessels will spasm shut or nearly shut, making the procedure impossible, usually. My treated arm will visibly blanch, and at times both arms will.  It seems that alcohol on the skin directly over visible veins...
    RHMLucky777
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    I can offer my experience as food for thought.  When alsohol is used to clean my skin preparing for an I.V. or for blood drawing, the vessels will spasm shut or nearly shut, making the procedure impossible, usually. My treated arm will visibly blanch, and at times both arms will.  It seems that alcohol on the skin directly over visible veins causes the spasms.  Other cleansers do not cause the same reaction, nor does just rubbing the area.  There have been instances where alcohol on my skin over a vein had caused spasms and ruined a patent I.V.  Not fun.  I have also had two fairly major strokes my MD's have labeled migrainous strokes, caused by arterial spasms.  In each case I was left with documentable damage some of which is still with me.  I have had recurrant migraine headaches from the time I was 9 years old.  Perhaps there is a clue here for you.