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!
Go get it checked out. Women don't ignore any kind of chest pains either.