My husband is 43 years old. Over this past weekend, he developed gradually worsening chest pain and then developed nausea and vomiting. He finally couldn’t take it anymore and went to the ER, where he was admitted for a chest pain rule out. He is diabetic and overweight and has a family history of cardiac disease (his mother had her first heart attack right at his age). His EKGs and troponins were all completely normal, but his magnesium was critically low at 1, so they repleted it with IV magnesium. He had a Lexiscan stress test this morning, which showed that he, in fact, suffered a heart attack. His ejection fraction on the right was 55% and on the left was, I believe, around 45%. There is also some evidence of ischemia. Tomorrow morning, they are taking him to the cath lab to see exactly what is going on and to see if they can do anything there to help him. If they can’t I guess the next step is a bypass, which we are praying won’t be necessary. Both my husband and I work in healthcare, but we are not cardiologists and we are not experts by any means. Has anyone been through this before? I’m a complete mess and worried sick over this. My husband is my best friend and I just want him to be okay. Can anyone offer any words of advice or encouragement?
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