Recently Discovered Heart Attack

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   Posted 1/18/2011 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have just had a big shock and don't really know what to do.  I'm an active sportsman and mountaineer and have been developing a plan to climb higher with the goal or attempting Everest in 2 years time.  However a routine checkup recently showed some suspicious signs and an EKG confirmed that sometime in the past I have had a minor heart attack.  It is difficult to pin down when this could have been.  I don't really know what to do now.  Does that mean mountains are off limits and I suspect that I would no longer be accepted on expeditions or be able to get insurance?  Ideally of course I would speak to a doctor but in the country where I am it is not so easy to access one regularly.  Apologies also to other members here who's situations often are much more serious than mine of course.    

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   Posted 1/23/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
i haven't had a doctor say so, but i believe i also have had a minor heart attack or at least a close one.

you need to eat better is all. People need to learn to read the ingredients list on food labels as just looking at the box isn't enough. food companies make things sound healthy when they aren't.

If you see "partially hydrogenated" in the ingredients, don't eat it. it's trans-fat. if you see "natural flavor", don't eat that as well, it's MSG (monosodium glutamate).

Just eat fruits and vegetables. Be careful of packaged fruits and vegetables as well as many of them have MSG in them.
Avoid artificial sweeteners.

You can eat meats, seafoods, just make sure they don't have MSG in them. Keep in mind no one knows what hormones were put into the foods.

You can begin to clean out your arteries naturally too. it's simpler than you think.

Lastly, it doesn't mean you can't climb mountains and continue with physical things. You just need to eat better is all.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 1/31/2011 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Iron,

Even though it may be difficult to get in touch with a doctor, I do suggest you see one for advice. If you have had a heart attack, no matter how 'minor' it is, you need to eliminate certain risk factors that you can control (like weight, diet, habits, etc). Weather mountains are off limits or not, depends on your current condition - which only a doc can tell you.

As for insurance, it all depends on what you have been diagnosed with, any medications that you take, etc so we can't tell you for sure.

I do agree with realc4ever that you need to eat better. However, you need to know your actual condition and risks before determining what activities you can and cannot do.

Wishing you well...

"Don't just think positive, BE positive."

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 2/5/2011 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
go see a heart specialist at a teaching hospital. evaluating ekg's is more art than science. an old heart attack could appear as many things. it could sim,ply be a murmur. we all have irregularities. w

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   Posted 2/20/2011 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in the same boat... my health is great. My BMI is almost perfect. Lab's came back great. So right now I am on nothing except aspirin, and magnesium supplements as they seem to help with the ectopic beats. Exercise seems to help them even more. In the past I did not eat healthy, now I am in a very different place with my diet, which I started a few months ago.

I started having arrythmia's went to get checked out and was told by the computer it was an inferior infarct, Cardiologist verified this using the nuclear dye stress test and echo. Next week I have a heart cath to determine the state of the other arteries, that i key.

BTW I passed the stress test for my age in spite of the damage. So I am continuing to exercise until someone tells me to stop.

Go to a cardiologist. Dr.'s know a little cardiologists know a lot.

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   Posted 2/20/2011 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
No need to apologize. You definitely need a doctors advice though. I'm not sure how this will effect tor climbing mount Everest but you are rightfully concerned. God.bless
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