Recent heart attack

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   Posted 4/13/2012 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just released from the hospital yesterday after having suffered what hopefully was my one and only heart attack. I have been on the forum for the past few months for GERD,having just had stomach surgery in February. I had been with my husband when he had a heart attack over 14 years ago.

I knew that women's heart attacks can present differently, often even as gastric issues- but I was recovering from stomach surgery. I had absolutely NO pain- just a rapid heart beat that would not stop for over 30 minutes. Fortunately, I chewed 2 aspirins and called 911. I did not really think that I was in serious danger at the time.

I am only now trying to process what happened. Any advise or input would be greatly appreciated here. I ordered a heart healthy cookbook, started on my new meds and after a stress test- will begin cardio-rehab. It is the emotional journey that I expect to be the most challenging for me.

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   Posted 4/13/2012 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, this is Kitt and I am sorry to read of your heart attack but so glad you made the right decision and called 911.  Each woman will present with different symptoms of a heart attack. Some women experience several symptoms while others show all symptoms. There are women who show no symptoms before their heart attack. The sooner you can recognize your symptoms and take appropriate action, the better. You picked up on the rapid heart beat and that makes you a very wise woman. 
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.
What to do now - cardiac rehab in my opinion -  is one of the best programs that was ever created for heart patients so stick with the program. 
Anyone who has had a heart attack  knows that it can be an upsetting experience. You've just come through a major health crisis, and your usual life has been disrupted as well as you just had surgery.   It is  normal to experience a wide range of feelings. You may feel some relief. But you may also feel worried, angry, or depressed. It may be reassuring to know that these reactions are very common, and that most difficult feelings pass within a few weeks. Here are some things to remember:
Take one day at a time and try to stay out of the "what if?" thinking zone.  Talk with family members and friends about your feelings and concerns, and ask for support. Coming here and talking with us is a great way to get your feelings out. Regular physical activity not only helps to reduce the risk of future heart problems, but also helps to relieve anxiety, depression, and other difficult feelings. Any regular physical activity—even gentle walking—can help to lift your mood.
Most of all know that you are not alone.  We are here for you and we are open 24/7 so you can always come here and write down your fears and concerns and we will get back to you ASAP.
Also check out the anxiety forum as we get many members in that forum who have anxiety for many different reasons. 
Gentle Hugs,
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It's about learning how to dance in the rain."~ Vivian Greene

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   Posted 4/13/2012 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks- just having the heart attack on top of recovering from the wrap surgery just seems to be a bit much. I am so exhausted- hard to move- it might be the new beta-blockers that I was put on.

Processing it all is such a challenge for me. I had an angiogram test yesterday but fortunately did not need a stent put in. My family, friends and colleagues have been very supportive. I never expected it to happen to me!!

My husband made me salmon for dinner and is encouraging me to start to take short walks with him tomorrow. He survived a heart attack 14 years ago and really "gets it"!
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