• john john
    August 18, 2008
    Heart stent side effects or gallbladder?
    john john
    August 18, 2008

    My wife had a heart attack because one artery was blocked 8o percent and two others were block 20 percent. She is on Lipitor, Plavix, a high blood pressure med, aspirin, Nexium, and I don't how many others. My concern is that it's eight months later and she still has pulling and tightening in her chest, and it's hard for her now to walk up stairs without shortness of breath, and muscle aches. She also has pains and pulling in her chest when rolling over or lying down in bed and sometimes refuses to lie down or slow down because of this discomfort.

    So I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what these signs may be, or if she might be hiding something in fear that it might be another heart issue. Her doctor has told her the signs she had before her first heart attack and when she should worry about her heart.  I don't understand - once you have a heart attack is it just going to be the same pattern over and over again? It doesn't make sense to me. She says her doctor told her and her doctor that he is thinking she needs to have her gallbladder removed, but are all these signs and symptoms from the gallbladder and not the heart? I'm really confused.  Can someone help me understand all this?  




  • Maura October 03, 2008
    October 03, 2008


     I have a drug coated stent in an artery that was completely blocked and now have no pain whatsoever. I know for a fact that with these drug coated stents there have been problems. From slippage of the stent causing pain to clotting BECAUSE of the stent. I highly recommend you make your wife go to the doctor or call her or him yourself with your concerns, If I felt like that, and I only have one stent, I would be right in the office!


    I myself am VERY unhappy my Dr. did not ask me what kind of stent I wanted and the differences. Had I known there was a choice I would never have chosen the one with the coating. Now for the rest of my life I have to take Plavix. There are class action lawsuits going on all over these drug coated stents because of the high amount of problems.


    I am not a M.D., I am only a physical therapist with a dc stent and unhappy because of it BUT I have absolutely none of your wifes symptoms in the least. She definitely had more problems than I too so take that into consideration

    I take Plavix, blood pressure meds anf water pills now after never taking anything, I am 53 years old.


    Hope this helps you some....call her doctor,


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