"Disillusioned with angioplasty - advice needed"
About: Royal Bournemouth General Hospital / Cardiology Royal Bournemouth General Hospital Cardiology BH7 7DW
Posted by Zteve (as ),
At the end of April 2008, I was treated with an angioplasty (receiving 6 stents) in my right coronary artery, following an angiogram which had revealed a substantial amount of furring.
Clopidogrel was used for just one month, so that bare metal stents could be used as I was also awaiting a procedure to remove gall stones, which was then carried out.
In mid September, I began to experience aching pains in my chest which were not alleviated by blood transfusions, a regular occurrence as I have myleodysplasia.
In late September 2008, I attended an appointment with the Doctor who performed the angioplasty and informed him of my condition resulting in him calling me back into hospital in the first week of October 2008, apparently to rectify the situation.
I was given very little time and offered almost no opportunity to discuss any details to appraise myself of the exact procedure necessary and still do not know what was done during the procedure.
Consequently, I have become very disappointed and disillusioned with the (heretofore unknown) rapid restenosis, which apparently means that I will need to undergo the procedure every six months or so.
I now wonder if this is indeed common knowledge and that I was originally misinformed.
I would like to learn what other treatments might be available to me and to discover a one to one discussion facility if such a thing exists.