Jean's stents


Jean was in her early fifties when the problems with her heart started.

Five years after her first heart attack, Jean went back into hospital with chest and arm pain.

Having an emergency coronary angioplasty

She had a number of tests, including an angiogram. During the procedure, Jean had four stents fitted through an emergency coronary angioplasty. She soon felt better and was able to get back to much of her old daily routine.

"I was really scared when I came out of the hospital. I thought it'd stop me from doing normal things. But it hasn't. I'm doing more now than before!"

After enjoying a few years of good health, Jean returned to the hospital, suffering from unstable angina. She had more stents fitted and how feels healthier and happier.

Jean makes the most of life's opportunities - she has lost weight, her blood pressure is under control and she's coping okay with her medication.

With her confidence regained, Jean enjoys Tai Chi, craftwork, knitting and she is a keen traveller. She's also an active member of her local heart support group.



What happens during an angioplasty?

An angioplasty takes between 30 minutes to two hours, though it can take longer, and involves a balloon which squashes fatty plaques - or deposits - against the artery wall and involves inserting stents, small tubes of stainless steel mesh, to hold open the narrowed artery.

Stories of people who have experienced a heart attack

The individuals listed below have also survived a heart attack:

Julie's young heart attack
Lorraine's heart failure
Hina's heart attack

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