people who have had a heart attack

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sober for good
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   Posted 5/1/2005 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
can you tell me if soon after, or even before your heart attack what your cholestrol was at. i am having anxiety problems, and keep worrying about heart attacks, so i am trying to use my recent blood screen i got back plus my age to calm my worries. my cholestrol was 144, my triglyceride was at 69 my hdl cholestrol was at 42 and my ldl cholestrol was at 88. can anybody who has had a heart attack please share with me their numbers from their tests. also my blood count and chemistries came back normal. i am fine when i don;t think about any of this stuff, but then once i think about it or think if i have had any symptoms, i start to freak out, and my mind starts playing tricks on me with shortness of breathe and all that crap. when i am calm, i breathe fine and my throat loosens up. but as soon as heart talk starts, throat tightens up and i get anxious and start feeling tiny pains in my shoulders. but i always check my pulse when i feel this, and it is normal. if anybody has a problem with anxiety, you will know how it can mess with you bad. thank god i am finally on some medication for it and my depression, or i would be going out of my mind. anyways, someone write me back with any info you feel like sharing. thank you.

ChevyAsylum
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   Posted 5/1/2005 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Howdy, again, SFG. Fancy meeting you here. :) I'm just takin a break from car work (took the Nova to the spray-it-yourself carwash) since I'm all outta breath.

Anyway, I can't tell ya what my cholesterol levels were just prior to my heart attacks, but I CAN tell you that about 10 years before the first one (that would have made it around 1987 or so) the reading they gave me was over 220. I tried changing my diet....but that was at the end of my drinking days and I really didn't care. I don't think I've ever had a reading as low as 144. Iirc, as of the last check mine was 189 or so...but my HDL levels were low, while the LDL level was high. So I'm on Niaspan and Vytorin for that.

I don't want to sound like a broken record, my friend, but it sounds like your head is playin games with you. I'm really glad that you're on some anti-depressant medication. I've been on Prozac for about 8 years. My darlin wife tells me that if I ever stop takin it, she'll put me out of my misery before I have a chance to commit suicide. Well...maybe that's a wee bit of an exaggeration, but the point is that the Prozac has helped to control the irritability that I've had most of my life...some people have even called me names like "hot head"...and a whole lot worse. But they were probably right. And sometimes me little darlin has beein right in the line of fire when I've been overcome with an irritability attack...then I take it out on her. So she prolly has good reason for sayin what she did. Btw, she's been clean and sober for 14 years. She works a very good program of recovery.

The last time I tried to get off Prozac (there was a medical reason for it, but it turns out that it wasn't neccesary) I found myself out in my driveway, replacing a headlight in my wife's car. At that time she had an 87 Monte Carlo SS. I tell ya that because the headlights can be really frustrating to replace on that particular model. After about 15 minute's work I found that I had a 5-pound mini-sledge hammer in my hand and I was about to adjust all the headlights with that tool. I don't think it was the appropriate tool for the job. But that's an example of the kind of irritability and quickness to anger that I get when I'm not on the Prozac...and particularly when I'm withdrawing from it. Btw, I just had to set the hammer down gently and back away from the car slowly. I came out an hour or so later and finished, but it coulda got ugly.

So I think I'll stay on the stuff. Seems to work pretty good. If you've just started with anti-depressants, it may take a few different medications before they find the one that's right for you. A doctor once told me that all of the anti-depressants work to treat depression...some better than others...but the trick is finding one with side effects that you can live with. I had to go thru that at the beginning

I'm gonna climb out on a limb here and bring something up that may or may not be controversial. I'll just talk about my own experiences...and if it helps...well, that's good. But take it for what it's worth. When I quit drinking, I went thru hell for the first year or so. Anxiety, emotional ups and downs, crying fits, panic attacks...you name it. I talked to my sponsor about this and somehow we got on the topic of tranquilizers as a means of dealing with these issues. He told me that some doctors seem to think that alcoholism is a Valium deficiency (as opposed to a vitamin deficiency.) He went on to tell me that giving Valium (or any of its many relatives in the benzodiazepine family) to an alcoholic is almost like handing him a bottle with the top off. He told me that medications of that type can trigger the craving for alcohol and send a fella back to drinking.

Now this was his opinion...and he was a welder, not a doctor...and I'm a computer programmer/hotrodder. So again, like a broken record, I'm not qualified to give medical advice. So I've just related what my sponsor said to me...but I've followed his advice. And I haven't had to "go back out" (as they say in AA) and start drinking again.

One thing that was suggested to me...and one that I still use is meditation. This helps me relax my mind and body and can help me deal with that hockey game that goes on inside the head. The nice thing about meditation is that it's free...and there are no side effects. It might be something to consider.

I hope some of these things provide a little insight for ya.
Ray

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Teri16
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   Posted 5/1/2005 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sober for good, (SFG-do you mind this abbreviation?-be honest!) yeah
 
I suffered from enough anxiety after my first stent placement to cause me to go into Panic Attacks!~absolutely no fun at all!!  I do understand from where you are coming.  With that said, though, I will tell you, I stopped smoking several years ago, to improve my health.  I don't drink-used to enjoy partying many moons ago. yeah I don't even drink anything with caffeine as it causes my heart to get out of sync.  I love water!!  I used to love fast food, now I stop at those places for fruit bowls! lol
 
My Total Cholesterol a few years before my Heart Attack was about 250.  When I had my Heart Attack it was 278.  I was told that my HDL was way too low and that is a familial thing.  Both of my folks had this same gene and it causes a low HDL.  My HDL now is 72.  That, btw, is your Good Cholesterol.
 
Your cholesterol tests show someone with great numbers!!  WooHoo!  So about the only thing that I would stress is continue doing what you are doing now and keep up the exercise!  Your weight loss has played a big part in all this as well.
 
Try eating more nuts, almonds and walnuts and peanuts, (providing you're not allergic to them), they are very good for you.
Use Olive Oil for cooking and dressings on salads
Avocados are another healthy fat choice.
Using and eating the above, will actually help increase the good fat HDL, and lower the bad stuff, the LDL!!
 
Hugs, Teri  tongue
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Teri16
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   Posted 5/1/2005 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Ray, you are so motivational!  Thanks!!

Hugs, Teri tongue


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LibbyG
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   Posted 5/1/2005 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
hi sober for good and teri,
wow, i'm impressed by your total cholesterol count and
your ldl and hdls too.  teri, to what exactly do you
attribute that high HDL?  you must have one heckuva
cholesterol ratio!  i have heard that exercise really
helps MENS hdl but not women's. 
BTW, i do eat nuts and oils now that i didn't use to,
i heard that helps.  but i want to recommend canola
as well as olive oil.  i think canola is a big help.
sober for good:  all your cholesterol counts are
fantastic - that should give you some peace of mind.
i'm working hard, diet-wise, to get my ldl below 100.
libby

Teri16
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   Posted 5/1/2005 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Hiya Libby! 
You're figuring this place out already!  yeah
 
I've cheated with the best, Libby, but on the whole, I eat basically whole grain cereals for breakfast, fruits, salmon, salads, drink lots of water~pretty boring stuff to some, but helps keep me alive and going! tongue .  I do have a sweet tooth that I truly have to contain! skull Evil thing that it is, along with having diabetes. lol
 
There is another section here on the cardiovascular forum that lists "Foods that are healthy for you" and another that is titled "Healthy Food Recipes", please feel free to jump in on those with anything you'd like to add! tongue
 
Hugs, Teri :)
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sober for good
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   Posted 5/1/2005 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the response. i feel better now that you guys have shared your numbers. my numbers are even after being on a low carb diet where it's fat, fat and more fat, so my cholestrol should go even lower as i try to eat no saturated fat whatsoever. i know you can't cut it all out, but i try to eat about 50 percent of your daily's worth. plus i have cut way back on sodium, and stopped drinking diet soda and replaced that with water and orange juice. orange juice has no sodium, but may cause some to have heart burn.
haven't gone on a bike ride in 2 days, but will pick it up tomorrow night, and try to go monday wednesday thursday and friday. then between that i'll play some basketball. they say 30 minutes of excercise 4 times a week, so i'm trying to get like 2 hours a day for 5 days, which will help me lose my excess weight. i want to get below 300 lbs by july 22nd, because that is my family reunion, and i want to look awsome for it. btw, i havent been below 300 lbs since maybe 7th grade, but i have always been tall and big. im at 321 right now, so 22 lbs at that workout level should do it. plus im cutting my portions in half, and having more fruits and snacks then actual meals. i'll have a bowl of cherios rather then say eggs and sausage, which use to be my breakfast when i came home. it's ok every once in ahwile, but in moderation. i am looking forward to tomorrow to go on another bike ride. if anybody has ever been to the bay area, you will know what i see when i go on rides. we are maybe 5 minutes from the bay and have a bike park right by it, that has a good 10 mile track on it. 1 1/2 hours pass no problem when you are out there. anyways, finace is calling me so i better go talk to her before she scalps me. ttyl, and thank you guys for your responses.

Teri16
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   Posted 5/1/2005 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Wow, I like your positive attitude today SFG!!
 
Just hang in there...with all you've got going, it sounds like you are on your way to a very happy family reunion this year!!  Much good luck.
 
Best Wishes and Hugs, Teri tongue
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   Posted 5/3/2005 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks teri. my mom cant wait for everybody to see me, or us. last time they saw me, i was at my fattest. i wore a sixe 5 xl shirt, and size 56 pants. now im wear a 2xl and a size 44 pants. not bragging, but maybe i am just a little, lol.

Teri16
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   Posted 5/3/2005 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   

WooHoo!!  You need to brag on that one~it's fantastic! yeah

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