cardiovascular issue new to me, help me understand

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   Posted 8/17/2008 5:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was having chest pains and some breathing issues that came out of no where...I had been going to a gym for 5 months then suddenly I have issued...one test led to another, I passed the stress test, I had thallium put into my body and pictures of my heart taken, I had echo test done..all good, then I went for angiogram, that is the one I failed...99% blockage in left main artery.  Stent was put in Aug 5th.  I'm feeling better, some days I feel tired, other days everything is fine, some days I get cold fingers in right hand, and feel tingling sensation from elbow down..other days its not there.    I just don't understand any of this, I don't even know if what happened to me has a name.  Is this a form of heart disease?  am I a sick or healthy person...my cardiologist has me on the norm from what I read here...plavix, aspirin, lipitor along with methople..something like that not sure of the spelling...I have never been on meds in my life.  I am 50, normal weight and eat healthy, they say it's genetic, my dad had a heart attack at 37.  Am I sick?  or was this just a fluke? rolleyes thanks!

SouthernHeart
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   Posted 8/17/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Usually if you have a blocked artery or blocked arteries you have coronary artery disease.Did your cardiologist not discuss your condition with you?? I don't think it was just a fluke that you ended up with an artery that was significantly blocked.

If you haven't already done so I would suggest you read up on coronary artery disease and the lifestly changes you can make to help improve your health.When I received each of my four stents I was given a booklet about the disease and lifestyle changes.

I am glad you had a stent placed before you had a heart attack.I did it the other way around with the first stent and had a heart attack first.

I wish you well with your health.

DonnaB

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   Posted 8/18/2008 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Donna and Selmer,
Thank you for your advice and Selmer thanks for the book recommendation. I have been on the internet reading quite a bit. I have only met the cardio doctor once in his office for evaluation, then the morning of the procedure, then the morning after, then a week later in his office. All he basically said was you are as healthy as a horse, and that I could resume all normal activites. I've went back to work 10 days after the procedure, but I have yet to go back to the gym.
I know I was given a second chance, I don't take it lightly.

thanks again...now I at least have a name for what I need to focus on learning about.

SouthernHeart
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   Posted 8/18/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
It can be so overwhelming when you are first diagnosed with heart disease and it helps to learn all you can about the disease and it also helps to reach out and get support as you go through it.I am happy that you came here.

Some factors you can't change like your family history with your Dad and his heart attack.It was the same for me except it was both of my parents.

I quit smoking the day of my heart attack last September and I haven't had one since then.I was a bit sedentary and now I exercise on a regular basis.My dietary intake changed a lot.I am from the South and I was used to eating a lot of fried foods but I had to learn how to eat differently.I also have hypertension and bouts of congestive heart failure so I learned more about sodium intake.It's surprising the foods that are high in sodium like cereals and processed foods.

Like you I feel like I have been given a second chance at life.I see it as a wonderful gift.I didn't at first....my heart attack and stay in CCU was during my 51 birthday and I went through a mini pity party at being there for my birthday,but now I see it as a chance to celebrate more birthdays.

I hope you stick around here on this support forum.

DonnaB

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   Posted 8/18/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna,
I plan on hanging around here for a while, it's very informative. I honestly believe that God just wasnt' ready for me yet, that is why he gave me so many signs! I'm glad I listened and didn't just ignore them. Had I not of been working out at the gym I might not of paid as much attention, but it had an effect on my work out. I couldn't do things that I had just been able to do three weeks ago!
I had quit smoking 7 years, 9 months ago. The doctors say had I not of quit when I did, it would have happened sooner and probably would of been worse....worse??? I ask, seems the next step would had been death! Did you go with an emotional state of being up and down after your attack? I am doing better but for a while I couldnt even look at my grandkids without crying and thinking that I had almost been taken from them.
Thanks for responding and making me feel better. It is over whelming. I know I am okay, but I have a horrible fear of returning to the gym. I do take a quarter of a mile walk to work, and one later to get back home..but other then that and walking around the house I am not being very active. My job is dog grooming...I pick up and carry any where from 5 to 50 pound dogs daily. I stand working on the dogs so it isn't like I am sitting all day. okay, I'm starting to babble now so I'm signing off..take care and hugs!

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   Posted 8/18/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Selmer, I will take you up on that suggestion. I am looking forward to learning as much as I can about this issue. Heck if I don't understand it, how do I expect those around me too. For the most part I do eat healthy, lots of salad and fresh vegetables. I rarely eat beef, am more of a chicken fish eater...but I see the doctor Ornish recommends no meat, am I correct on that? again thanks for the tips, I certainly appreciate all and any advice. You have a great day!

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   Posted 8/19/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Selmer that is quite extreme. I know I can cut back on my meat, I've already done that. I am a member of sparkpeople, and have been eating healthy for some time. but give p meat completely?? I don't honestly believe I can do that. I will read, I will make changes but I have to live a happy life. If I read enough and decide to make the changes it would have to be a slow one. I quit cigarettes cold turkey, but I do not see myself quitting meat that way! This is all so overwhelming I am not ready or able to do the extreme right now, even if it means saving my life. I need to read. thanks for the guidance

SouthernHeart
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   Posted 8/19/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I was definitely on an emotional rollercoaster when I had my heart attack.I am on a low dose anti depressant and it has helped me quite a bit.I have 2 dtrs ages 16 and 23 and like you in the beginning I would tear up looking at them and being afraid they would lose me.That has gotten better over time.

Congrats on quitting smoking and for that long-that is so awesome.

DonnaB

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   Posted 8/20/2008 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
morning Donna,
Being able to quit smoking was fairly easy for me, because I "really wanted" to quit. So many people out there fail, because deep down there are just not ready. I had gone for a check up and my first internist doctor (who went back to teaching about 5 years ago) looked me square in the eye and he asked, "after everything you know about how bad cigarettes are and what they can do for you, WHY would you still smoke?" I didn't have an answer..but that question stated with me and I quit that week.
Well have a great day I'm off for work!

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   Posted 2/3/2009 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
hi all, i had  my heart attack nov2    2006, i had 2  stents put in, nice to be able to find this forum.. i recommend this  book.. its awesome.. the heart speaks  by   mimi   guarneri   MD   FACC..  let me know if anyone get it..   dinz
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