The symptoms of coronary artery disease can range from mild to severe:
Chest pain or discomfort after or during physical exertion, but usually goes away with rest
Exhaustion from doing typical daily activities (i.e. going to mailbox, grocery shopping, etc.)
Shortness of breath
A heart attack occurs when the plaque in an artery ruptures, and the blood clot formed around the rupture partially or fully blocks part of the artery; a typical symptom of a heart attack is chest pain that does not go away.
Reduced Ejection Fraction
A decrease in the amount of blood your heart pumps with each beat. Normal is 55-70%.
Swelling in the legs, ankles, feet, stomach, and veins in the neck.
A persistent unexplained cough could be a sign that fluid is building up in your lungs as a result of heart failure.
Part 2: Doctor Discussion Guide
Consider using this to review your treatment options with your cardiologist
I am experiencing symptoms from my severe CAD. What can I do to improve my symptoms?
Am I considered a high-risk patient for surgery?
Am I considered high-risk for PCI?
If I am considered high-risk, is protected stenting an appropriate option for me?
Do you recommend the use of Impella® for hemodynamic support during my angioplasty/stenting procedure?
Can you recommend an interventional cardiologist who offers protected stenting?
What will recovery be like with protected stenting?