Patient Comments: Heart Attack Treatment - Angiography or Angioplasty

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Please discuss your experience with coronary angiography and PTCA. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: mike, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

If you are a patient or a cardiologist, please consider the follow very important point: do not totally rely on external test data to determine if patient is having a myocardial infarction (MI)! Some people, including me, may present classic MI symptoms but the EKG and troponin may be normal (at first). But, the patient may be screaming in pain, blacking out, having difficulty breathing, etc. This happened to me. I entered a local emergency room (ER) with terrible pain, worst I've ever experienced. The ER doctor and cardiologist argued over the diagnosis and I was sent to the tele unit. That evening my blood pressure tanked. The attending nurse was smart enough to call rapid response. They called the duty cardiologist at 3 AM and moved me to the ICU. I went to the catheter lab at 6 AM and had lots of CardioJet work and 3 new stents.

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