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cardiology i have been having chest pain on exertion for a couple of years. after a stress test and a cardiac catheterization, the blockage is too small and behind the heart and hard to reach to place a stent. i am on plavix, zocor, (simvastatin) ecotrin,

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Dr. Alec Moorman
Cardiology 21 years experience
Your : Your exertional chest pain (angina) is a result of poor blood flow to the region of your heart supplied by this small artery. Based on your description, this sounds like a lower-risk lesion for serious complications like major heart attack or sudden cardiac death; and so would not warrant surgical bypass or higher-risk stenting. The good news for you is that a recent large clinical trial (courage study) has taught us that this type of blockage is treated very effectively with aggressive medical therapy. You are already on good drugs, but you may benefit from increased doses and/or the addition of newer anti-anginal therapy like Ranolazine (ranexa). If you have not already been referred to cardiac exercise rehab, this may also help relieve your angina.
Dr. Thomas Heston
Family Medicine 29 years experience
COURAGE trial is reassuring that in many patients it is safe and even recommended to treat stable angina with optimal medical therapy.
Dec 1, 2012
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch answered
Cardiology 22 years experience
Medication is likely: The answer to help eliminate or alleviate your symptoms when stents cannot be used. Talk to your physician. Not exactly sure or question because it was cut off...
Dr. Atique Mirza
Cardiology 31 years experience
Make sure to keep your weight under control, control your HTN, cholesterol and do life style modification. Please stay in touch with your cardiologist and let him know about symptoms ASAP.
Nov 1, 2013
Dr. Atique Mirza
Cardiology 31 years experience
Probably ok: You may need to add a beta blocker an acei if there is room in bp. Please make sure that LDL is close to 70 mg/dl, bmi is less than 29 and BP is well controlled. Exercise on a regular basis.
Dr. Francesco Rotatori
Internal Medicine 11 years experience
Anti-anginal meds: From your question it appears that the appropriate work up was done. Also, the medication that you are taking are appropriate to treat angina. Other medication for chest pain, such as Ranolaxine (Ranexa) , can be used, too. I would ask on next cardiology follow up.

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