Heart Attack in 39 yr old healthy Male

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Concerned In Canada
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   Posted 11/12/2011 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sure you get a lot of these stories of concerned wives so I thank anyone in advance who takes the time to read this. I will attempt to keep it brief. Here it goes:

Male, 39 yrs old, active, non-smoker, casual drinker (only on weekends), organic eating, whole foods, fairly healthy diet ( limited fast food etc).

Last Saturday we were on a hike (we are active geocachers so hiking 4 to 6 miles at a time is common for us in all sorts of terrain). We were just starting off on flat, even ground, headed for a gorge that is about 200 stairs down and 200 back up. At the top of the gorge, still on flat ground husband stops. Heart is palpating VERY fast, he has a cold sweat, dizziness and nausea. Sits and drinks water for a bit, calms down. Takes about 20 minutes to return to "normal". After much prompting to just go home he decides to carry on. So, we hike 4 km (down 200 steps, hike 4 kms, up 200 steps) with no further episode. Just to clarify.............after this "episode" he continued to hike 4 km!!!

Sunday, nothing - no issues or anything bothering him from the previous day "episode".

Monday....numbness in left hand. Then eventually pain in left arm from elbow down to finger tips. He goes to MD and has following tests:

ECG in office - comes back "normal"
Blood tests
Chest x-ray
Holter Monitor (heart monitor) for 24 hours.
Blood pressure was 160/110 on Monday - two days after "episode" (he normally has very good, normal range BP)
Today he took blood pressure again - one week after episode and it is back to normal at 123/88

We get results back coming up this Monday so we still do not know what we are dealing with.

He has been EXTREMELY tired all week. He is NEVER tired like this. Napping in afternoon when he usually would not be able to nap if he was paid to do so.

Still has continued pain in left arm.

Everything I read on the internet says heart attack to me. I am concerned as we STILL have NO diagnoses and we are more than a week after the original event and Monday will be TEN days since the initial "episode".

I have read about heart attack and from what I saw at the gorge he very well could have had a heart attack. And the arm pain I have to wonder might be from pericarditis after the fact. BUT, I can't get the fact that he continued to hike 4km out of my head. Is that even possible??? I mean, we are VERY active hikers and it was an easy hike for us but still????

Advice from personal experience would be helpful. I am worried that he has received NO treatment or diagnoses as of yet.

Thanks you kindly for reading this far.

In Light and Love.......................

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   Posted 11/12/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe he has a heart disease? If he had a heart attack, being so young it could be disease related. I remember growing up, my best friend died, 16 years old. In her autopsy it revealed a rare heart disease that only shows up after death. I don't know if he had a heart attack or not, but I do know a cardiologist should help you.
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   Posted 11/13/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
hello You can see my recent threads New to forum
I have been diagnosed with angina and a heart attack and managed to walk 8 miles after the first episode. I would get checked out again especially if he is still having pain in his arm. Sorry if I have worried you but I would try and get to the bottom of it.best of luck

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   Posted 11/13/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
DaveBax said...

I have been diagnosed with angina and a heart attack and managed to walk 8 miles after the first episode

Thank you Dave, for that info. The fact that he managed to still hike 4km and then climb 200 steps up a steep incline was the only obstacle I had in my mind that he might NOT have had a heart attack. From what I have read everything is screaming heart attack. sad

Just doing our own research etc. I don't wanna bash the Canadian medical system but testing etc is slooooow here as compared to the US (if you have insurance). Like I said, we are already more than a week after the initial incident and haven't had a single test result back yet. I am worried that, statistically speaking, he could have a massive heart attack within the next week or two because no treatment has been started.

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   Posted 11/13/2011 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
left arm pain has to be checked properly by cardiologist. But i do want to give you an advice based on my personal experience of 3 episodes of chest pain that i had within a week. If you are waiting too long to see heart doctor, worst thing you can do is worry too much during this period and create another problem. I did just that... i spent too much time on google, related every desease to my symptom and turned myself into an anxiety patient. After that, I had left arm pain, tingling and numbness due to worry on my heart condition. Later, my cardiologst asked me not to stop seeing him... but the left arm symptoms have become part of my life... althought not at all as severe anymore, but i accept it as anxiety symptom. good luck.

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   Posted 11/24/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm also in Canada and would agree with you on the unbearable slowness of our system. HOWEVER: I assume that if the initial physician had suspected a heart attack, he would have ordered some immediate tests (such as a stress test and a contrast echo) To ease your fears, your husband should go to an emergency department, complain about arm and chest pain (I know he has no chest pain but unfortunately, our system will listen to you only when your symptoms scream heart attack) and insist on immediate heart enzymes test and possibly an angiogram.

I only discovered my own partially blocked artery and started treatment after paying $1,000 for a CAT scan in Florida that no Toronto physician would order, since I had no symptoms. After the CAT scan, my cardiologist ordered an immediate angiogram which was done within 48 hours. I didn't need a stent (yet! knock on wood) and am treating it medically

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