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foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/17/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Ran across this forum and it caught my interest of course.  I had a heart attack on the 17th of April.  Lucky me I was only 2.5 miles from the Hospital.  This happend at work just after loading a closed in trailer (modified horse trailer) with 55 gal size drums of Hazardous Waste liquid.  Completed paper work to return to main plant about 60 miles from where we were working for the day.  Start having chest pains and told this to my supervisor who happened to be with me for the day.  He was going to make the drive back and of course asked what kind of pain I was having.  My first though strained moving drums in trailer or indigestion.  I'll get out and walk around for a minute, belch a couple of times and off we go.  That didn't work!  The building we were close by had a nurses station we went there first.  She ask questions, chekced blood pressure etc..  by this time it felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest and was having a hard time breathing.  She put me on oxygen and called for an ambulance. They arrived soon within 10 minutes.  Loaded me up and started an IV gave me two doses of nitro within 5 min., did an EKG faxed it to Hospital and off we went.  Arrived at hospital within 5 min. and got all kinds of special attention there.  They did all they do with someone having chest pains gave me another dose of nitro this was the third dose all within 15 minutes or so.  ER doctor came in and said you are having a Heart attack right now!!!  Of course my first response was am I going to die???  No was the reply we are going to take good care of you!  Then off to the cath lab I went.  Had an angiogram, angioplasty, and a stent placed in my Right Coronary Artery that was 100% Blocked. Left Anterior Descending Artery 70 to 75% blocked.  Fix later after recovery and healing time.  Then off to ICU for recovery.  All this happend within 2 hours from the Heart attack.  Lucky me again.  All this was on a Thursday and I went home Sunday afternoon.  Oh on monday the 21st of April was my 30 year anniversary of Marrage, so I messed that all up.
 
Off work for three weeks felt great.  Went back to Cardioligist for check up and questions and answer period.  Scheduled for stress scan in a couple of weeks. Released to go back to work.  Head off to work Monday morn some chest pains on the way.  Oh great I thought turned around came home took a couple of nitro pills no help.  Off to ER I go.  Get all hooked up to everything again.  Pain did not increase stayed the same not too bad really.  ER doctor said paracarditis.  Prescribed pain meds.  Off to work next day felt great!! 
 
Stress Scan went kind of OK I thought.  PA said if things are normal we'll send you a letter in a week.  Not normal, notify you in a couple of days.  Well they call the very next day, said Cardioligist would like to visit.  Oh great.  Bottom of my heart not getting the blood supply it needs.  One of two thing or both.  Stent could be closing off or the other artery 70-75% blocked could be the cause.  Scheduled angiogram last Thursday the 12th of June.  Off to Hospital again.  And off to the cath lab.  Firts stent looks great they say, lets fix the LAD artery.  Off to recovery no moving for 4 hours.  And 9:00 pm that night home we go.  Nice bruise a few days later and back to work Monday the 16th  Still feel great!! :-)   
 
Thanks to anyone who would like to read this.  Sorry it was so lengthy.  Nothing that I was aware of led up to my MI.  Didn't get winded being active.  Ate pretty healthy I thought.  Not a lot of exercise.  An occasional walk.  So all you big tough guys don't think you can ignore chest pains! skull   Go get it checked out.  Women don't ignore any kind of chest pains either.
 
Thanks again
 

foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/18/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Selmer.  You gave some food for thought!  I will take it to heart.  No pun intended.  I do have a visit with the Doctor on the 30th.  I will deffinately ask about a better exercise program other that a brisk walk 3 times a week.  Yes I am in my 50's, 52 to be exact.
thanks again.
foxpatrol94

dochow
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   Posted 6/19/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Consider walking to the point of breathlessness & perspiration: those are your 'built-in' cadiovascular signals to stop. Ask your cardiologist first (you can call his Assistant & ask). You can split walks into twice a day. You doctor probably has told you he must continue to monitor your condition: that's because stent(s) have been known to 'move'. You can also ask about cardio-rehab.

You're probably on cardiac meds, etc. One of them is probably called a 'statin' (Lipitor, etc.). You should consider strongly taking a Co-Q 10 supplement daily; the 'statin' medicine depletes the body's natural Co-Q 10. Doctors in University Medical Centers know this, but 'outside' doctors either forget their advice or won't believe it; that's potentially dangerous to you. (Whatever happened to "scientists"?)

foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/19/2008 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks dochow.  I haven't walked that hard yet to really work up a sweat.  I do take a daily multivitamin.  It's kind of a generic brand for centrum.  I don't see this Co-Q10 listed.  What is this and what kind of supplement would this be in?  Thanks again.

foxpatrol94


stkitt
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   Posted 6/21/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   

foxpatrol94

1st of all I am so glad you are here to tell your story.  I am one of those ER nurses that hustle and bustle around you and strip your clothes off to get you into our cute little gowns.............so everytime I hear a success story I am thrilled. You were very lucky you were close to a Heart Hospital that could do interventional angiography.

Thank you for sharing your story and I know others will benefit from reading your experience and recognize the need to get to the ER and yes by all means call EMS as you need what they have onboard their rigs..............oxygen, heart monitors and medications.

Gentle hugs and I suspect your anniversary was very special for your wife.

Kitt


 

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foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   

StKitt,  (Kitt)

Thank you so much for your reply.  As I think more about what has hapened in the last couple of months I am so grateful for medical professionals such as yourself.  So often you and everyone else give so much with nothing in return.  Before I left the hospital on my initial visit I made it a point to acknowledge everyone that I could remember in a personal letter I left in the comment box before I left.

Thanks again so much. And yes I am glad I am here to share my story with others.  Sometimes we (men) think nothing of this and think we are tough.  We need to pay attention to things such as any type of chest pain or anything associated with that and get it checked out.

Thanks again!!

foxpatrol94 (Bill)

 


stkitt
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   Posted 6/23/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   

foxpatrol94

Thank you for the kind words that you left for the staff at your hospital.  AS ER staff we realize that most people do not want to come to our department as it is not fun and we don't hand out new babies :-) .  Our ERs are so crowded and patients don't understand that we must triage a chest pain such as yours ahead of a person that has been waiting for over an hour with a sore throat. 

Your post is helping to educate many and that is truly awesome.

You are a winner.  Take good care of your gentle heart.

Hugs

Kitt


 

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foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Kitt,

Thank you again!  You mentioned exactly what happened to me while I was in the ER.  I took priority over others who were waiting for how long I don't know.  Once I was stabalized off to the cath lab I went.  My hope was with my original post that I could help someone realize the importance of getting medical attention as soon as possible with any type of chest pain.  Of course I was very nervous and scared to say the least.  Once the ER doctor told me I was having a heart attach at that very moment you can't imagine what goes through your mind.  My initial respose was am I going to die?  The reply was no you are in the right place and we are going to take care of you.  I received excellant care and am very grateful for that!

I'm sure you are an awesome ER nurse. 

Hugs back to you!  Thanks again.

Bill


foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/23/2008 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Selmer,

Thanks for the reply.  Both my wife and I have read quit a bit on diet on the internet.  After my visit with the dietician at the hospital before I left I thought this sounds absolutely not good.  Bland I don't do bland.  The dietician had a great deal of information to share along with some recipes, ideas, websites to visit etc..  So many more healthy things to eat than a big ol bacon cheeseburger cooked on the grill.

Good health to you!


foxpatrol94
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   Posted 6/24/2008 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Selmer,

Thanks again.  Great advice. So true about web sites.  Usually one or two good ones.  Others not so good.  There are definately quack sites out there!  Have found several good spices.  Mrs. Dash is one of them.  If you like spicey there is a chipotle one has a good kick. 

Good health to you

thanks!

Foxpatrol

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