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  • over 2 years ago

    RE: "What I Wish I Knew Before I Had A Heart Attack" -- Share Your Stories and Advice

    I was age 58. Twenty five pounds overweight. Wife and I did some fun things in bed, afterward I went to the bathroom and while there got a terrible pain in my upper back just left of my spine. It got worse, went back to bed, felt really sick, REALLY sick. Wife wanted to call 911 but no chest pain so I said I will be fine. After an hour or so I started feeling better but the pain in my upper back was still there. Next morning went to urgent care, doctor gave me a muscle relaxant (!) Took several days to feel normal again. Didn't know it was a heart attack, a really bad one, until my annual physical 6 months later. I was very lucky, that was 26 years ago. Now, at age 84, I have had chronic heart failure for the past few years but it is well controlled by the new heart failure drug Entresto and a state of the art pacemaker/defribrillator. My advice: let your mate call 911, better a live patient than a dead martyr.
      • over 2 years ago
        We're so sorry that you went through that, but happy that you're here with us to share your story. Thanks for sharing.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: "What I Wish I Knew Before I Had A Heart Attack" -- Share Your Stories and Advice

    I had a heart attack in August of 2016 at the age of 37. I was a non-smoker, rarely drank, ate healthy and my family history of heart disease is a generation removed. What I wish I had known were the symptoms of a heart attack in women. I knew the symptoms in men. It started around 10:30pm on a Tuesday night like a light switch was flipped. My body was freaking out. It started with horrible diarrhea and I had chest pressure (had it the weekend before but thought it was asthma symptoms reappearing due to the awfully oppressive heat we were having). I also felt what I thought was heartburn so I took some tums. I got in bed and soon after I had to run to the bathroom again. Then I began sweating - but it was as if someone threw water on me - I was DRIPPING sweat! I never sweat like that before. My clothes were drenched! I knew something was wrong, but I didn't know what (and a heart attack was the last thing on my mind). I do live with my parents, but I didn't want to wake them up since they babysit my niece and nephews and wake up early. I decided to take a very cold shower and I literally sat in the bathtub letting the cold water run on me, hoping it'd cool me down. It sorta did. Once I got back to my air-conditioned bedroom I started to get hot and cold sweats, so my poor dog would go between being too hot and then freezing because sometimes I had to turn the oscillating fan on too (in addition to the ac). Over the course of the night I had about 4 episodes of diarrhea, 3 episodes of throwing up, and I began getting a pain in my neck that traveled to between my shoulder blades. I barely slept, but as a (then) insomniac it wasn't anything new. By 6am I was exhausted and felt horrible. I called out sick and I went down to my parents - I couldn't even pick my 17 lb dog up! I asked my dad to feed and take my dog out & then I asked my mom to take me to the ER. I had to walk back up 3 flights to my bedroom to get changed (which was so difficult!!), and we went to the ER. Luckily no one was in there so I went right back and they began tests. It was the blood tests that showed I had troponin levels and after running it a 2nd time they decided to do a heart cath. I remember coming to afterwards and asked if they found a blockage. They told me they found a blockage but couldn't stent me. They said my left main (or widowmaker) was blocked 100% and I would need open heart surgery to get a bypass. I was shocked!! My mom literally nearly fainted - they had to quick shove a chair under her. I had emergency open heart surgery that night. It took 4 hours. Recovery has been long and difficult, and even now 5 months out I still have days where I'm hurting. But it could be worse, so I remind myself that on my bad days. It was discovered I have an auto immune disease (Sjogrens Syndrome) that most likely caused my heart attack due to the inflammation. So I'm on medication for that too. I've become involved with the American Heart Association as I want to advocate and share my story so that others are aware of the symptoms, to know their numbers and to keep up on their heart health. I do feel more awareness has to be out there for women heart health!! I've already made a difference in a few lives and I hope to help more. But bottom line - I wish I knew the symptoms because I was lucky. I should have never survived the night, but I did. And so I share my story to try and help others.
  • over 2 years ago

    RE: "What I Wish I Knew Before I Had A Heart Attack" -- Share Your Stories and Advice

    I'm 44 and had a mild heart attack according to my cardiologist who did my angiogram have a 4 year old son I wish I knew you could prevent and reverse heart disease through diet before all this but I am blessed to be here and count myself as such