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#4572693 - 11/13/17 11:28 AM I had a heart attack
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Registered: 02/17/07
Posts: 3454
Loc: Clermont, Florida
It started at 7am this past Friday, I woke up sweating with bad pain in the center of my chest that started shooting down my left arm. I thought it might be bad chest congestion because the day before I had a sore throat and sinus problems like I was catching a cold but that was not the problem. The pain kept getting worse, felt like someone had a giant pair of vise grips locked on my heart, it was the worst pain I have ever felt, I thought I was fixing to die. I woke Mrs. Jimmy up and she got the ball rolling pronto, she had the paramedics here at our house in less than 10 minutes. The ER staff did some tests but were "still not sure it was a heart problem". I was in terrible pain despite being given morphine and fentanyl. The cardiology docs found that I had an artery on the right side of my heart that was almost 100% blocked off. Friday night they did a catheterization and put a stent in the artery, restored the blood flow and saved my life. They kept me under observation and I got out of the hospital at about 3pm yesterday and today I am tired but very glad to be alive.

I never thought in my wildest dreams I would have a heart attack. I am only 53, don't smoke or drink and we eat a fairly healthy diet. We are starting to take a real close look at nutrition facts on the food we eat now and I am looking online for low salt low cholesterol recipes. I thought I was healthy as a horse, but have now learned I have to make some changes. My reason for posting here is to let you all know, watch what you eat, avoid salt, fats and other garbage and get some regular exercise. You never know what can happen, and you have to take care of yourself. The worst part of it all was seeing my wife so scared and upset. I thought I was doing OK, found out the really hard way I was not.
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#4572703 - 11/13/17 11:32 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Glad you are ok.

I went through similar with my dad when he was in his early 60's Same pain, and they put a stent in one of his arteries... They did it through Angioplasty through an artery in his leg and then sealed it with a collagen plug so he could go home the next day.

He also eats well and avoids all the garbage. I think it's just genetics when diet/exercise are in check.


Edited by StevieC (11/13/17 11:34 AM)
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#4572705 - 11/13/17 11:33 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10135
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Whoa! Glad to hear you're ok. I can't imagine what that must've been like to go through.
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#4572708 - 11/13/17 11:34 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 03/04/17
Posts: 4342
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Good to hear you are on the mend. Sometimes these things are genetic. If you have a family history of heart disease then that might be the case.

The advancements in treating heart attacks in the last 10-15 years have been nothing short of amazing. They can actually stop the attack in the cath lab. Same with strokes. Time is the important factor.

Good luck to you on the road to better health.
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#4572719 - 11/13/17 11:42 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 06/27/17
Posts: 477
Loc: DFW
Glad to hear that you were taken care of. Heart attacks are scary, no two ways about it. My dad had a heart attack last year (age 47), but he never knew. It happened while he was asleep and wasn't detected until he went into the doctor's office for a procedure completely unrelated to his heart. They noticed an abnormality in his heart beat and sure enough, he had had a heart attack. Scary stuff. Hope your new diet plans help.

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#4572720 - 11/13/17 11:42 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 05/17/09
Posts: 11970
Loc: N.H, U.S.A.
Livers make cholesterol to patch up damaged arteries like the DPW in the high road.

Then only if your eating non familiar synthetic fats in excess its YOUR fault.

Stress is a major factor.
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#4572721 - 11/13/17 11:42 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 12/08/06
Posts: 2713
Loc: Columbus, Ohio
Originally Posted By: StevieC
Glad you are ok.

I went through similar with my dad when he was in his early 60's Same pain, and they put a stent in one of his arteries... They did it through Angioplasty through an artery in his leg and then sealed it with a collagen plug so he could go home the next day.

He also eats well and avoids all the garbage. I think it's just genetics when diet/exercise are in check.


My Dad was Jack LaLanne and Euell Gibbons rolled into one and he had clogged arteries so I think it is often genetic.
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#4572723 - 11/13/17 11:42 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 06/14/08
Posts: 5125
Loc: In the Garage...
Glad to hear you are ok. That is really scary.
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#4572727 - 11/13/17 11:45 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 01/14/11
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Loc: PV Az
Glad you're still here. You didn't mention doing any regular exercise. Sounds like you've got the other concerns under control, cardio exercise is key. Good luck.

A year ago my next door neighbor got up at 4 am to go to work, has a massive HA and died on his floor with his wife attempting CPR. He was on his feet all day and he took care of some properties on the side so he was active but wasn't getting "good" exercise. He was 50.
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#4572740 - 11/13/17 11:56 AM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 05/13/13
Posts: 1069
Loc: upstate NY
Glad you're okay. Scary stuff for you and your wife. I know a guy who's son died of a heart attack at 18 years of age. A healthy athlete that nobody would have suspected with a heart problem.
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#4572761 - 11/13/17 12:14 PM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: jhs914]
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Registered: 04/28/15
Posts: 358
Loc: Reunion Island
Maybe I would understand, but likely not. I understood when I crashed my bike because I was obviously going too fast in a tight bend and I could have passed out because severe spleen rupture and emergency taking a while to get there... I’ll try not to hijack too much on the OP thread though
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#4572767 - 11/13/17 12:16 PM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 05/12/05
Posts: 2696
Loc: Silicon Valley
Thanks for the warning, Jimmy!
Yikes, at 53...

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#4572768 - 11/13/17 12:17 PM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3413
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
"All forms that perish, other forms supply, By turns we catch the vital breath and die"

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#4572773 - 11/13/17 12:21 PM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 29807
Loc: NY
Scary stuff for sure. Glad you're OK.
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#4572779 - 11/13/17 12:26 PM Re: I had a heart attack [Re: Jimmy9190]
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Registered: 05/12/03
Posts: 7256
Loc: Oklahoma
Dang!!!!! Glad to hear your alright.
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