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   Posted 10/15/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
hello. this is my 1st post. exactly i week ago i woke up at 5:30 a.m. i was sweaty, clammy, flushed, had pressure in my left shoulder joint, & numbness on the left in different degrees down to my toes. called b.j.c. ( local mega hospital complex ) & they would not tell me anything over the phone. woke up my wife, told her i did not feel well & we got in the car to go to the e.r.. as an afterthought i went back into the house & took 2 aspirin & off we went. after an ekg they ran a catheter & determined that i had no blockage & decided i was having broken heart syndrome & put me in intensive care. next day the cardiologist tells me that because of elevated enzyme levels that i had had a heart attack possibly caused by a blood clot that had dissolved before i got to the e.r. at this point they say my heart is operating at 30-35%. i've been told that i should not lift over 20#, have sex, or do anything to elevate my heart rate. meds are an aspirin per day cor-eg, lipitor, plavix, prinivil, isosoride, & nitroglycerine in casei need a jump start. they say the damage is in the front upper chamber. post attack i still have a bit of occasional chest pressure & left side numbness which they are telling me is normal. the pisser is that i was at low risk. no arterial blockage, good cholesterol, & normal blood pressure. i am ( was ) a fit 61 year old male. my 1st follow up visit to the cardiologist is on nov. 17th.
for those of you you in the know......what might i expect to experience from here.

Post Edited (rober) : 10/15/2011 10:04:08 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/15/2011 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   

When someone suffers a heart attack, it can turn his world upside down. Although a heart attack always presents challenges, keep in mind that every heart attack is different. Symptoms vary, causes differ, and treatment depends on many factors. There's no set timeline for recovery, and a patient may experience all, some, or none of the following issues.

Make a list of questions you want to discuss with your Dr. and remember to be your own best advocate when you go to the Drs. officce.




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   Posted 10/15/2011 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
i guess the 1st office visit will tell the story. they mentioned a stress-test in about 5 weeks. it took a couple of days for the reality to sink in. now i'm slipping into a mild depression. i'm a carpenter, cyclist, gardener, canoeist, hunter, other words physically active. i'm looking at an unfinished new workshop building, a vegetable patch that needs to be tilled for fall, grass to cut, bee hives that need tended, & i'm unable to do any of it. it's very frustrating.
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