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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/1/2012 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy new year everyone!

I had a heart attack on Dec 20th, which came as a complete shock and totally unexpected considering I am fit and healthy.
A blocked artery was the cause and a stent was fitted.

After nearly two weeks since this happened, is it normal for me to feel angry, emotional and sorry for myself? Despite being a strong person and having an attack at 47, I sometimes struggle to see the positives and become a little depressed, like 'why me' etc.

I know I have to rest, and that is hard for me, but I do accept I have to do this in order to regain a normal life again.

I'm sure many of you have been through the same, but despite having the support of a caring family, sometimes you need the support and reassurance from those in a similar position.

Here's to 2012. :)


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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 1/1/2012 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  After any illness, it's normal to feel afraid, angry, derpessed and unsure of the future. You may be scared because you don't know what lies ahead, or because you feel less control over your life. Every heart patient has some degree of fear, but if your fear is overwhelming, it can prevent you from getting well and staying well.
Give yourself time to get past these feelings.
Use positive self-talk to help overcome your fears. For example, say to yourself, "Most people recover and I will, too" or, "Most of my worst fears never come to pass."

Don't be afraid to talk about your fears with a close friend or family member. When you voice your fears, you open the door to getting help and information that can make you feel better.

Coming here and talking about your fears was a good thing to do.  You are reaching out and do keep talking with us as we care and we are here to support you.

I have not had a heart attack but have other health issues that have changed my life so I do know how you feel.



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New Member

Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 1/3/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your encouragement Kitt.
I am a positive person generally, but this has knocked me for six.
Yes, I will recover and know that there people in a worse position than myself.

With best wishes

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 5028
   Posted 1/4/2012 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there, done that, depressed for a while too. I had a heart attack I didn't expect, luckily got a stent in time and survived. 5 years ago. Happily you survived too!

I could only talk to my family so much. If one hasn't been there they just can't hear it all the time. I hope you will come bere and post how you're doing.

The resting was soon over and back to normal life, although a second artery which had been only ballooned needed to be stented a year later for me. After that, and a little weight loss and exercise I felt better that before the attack.

Best wishes.

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/4/2012 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Happy New Year to You All !

While on vacation July 2010 I had CHF ( Congested Heart Failure ) landed in a hospital 5hrs away from home . Heart Cath done a couple of days after landing the ER showed very little plaque . So quitting smoking in April 1998 was the best thing I could have done for my health probably saved my life .

Changed entire medical team in March 2011 .New Cardio cut meds 50% which improved my breathing 50% . Between God's Grace , the Team , my taking Herbs , my changing my beleifs concerning my medical conditions (changing the Self-Talk ) I beleive are the reasons for the last Echo done last wk was improved . My EF ( Ejection Fraction or flow ) was at 30-35% instead of the normal 60-70% its now over 35% and I do not have to have an ICD (Implantable Cardiac Defibulator ) put in . Praise the Lord for that and we certainly do .

Iam here to help others , to learn from others as we each face our own challenging journey .Encouraging one another , sharing will help us each as we face each new day! - God Bless PeacefulDove62
" I ' ll Meet You On The Bridge of Prayer ! "
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