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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 12/29/2012 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   


I am a 42 year old man.  I have gone through an immense amount of difficulty in the last 6 year..  I have seen hyperbolic levels of stress, pain, suffering anguish,, cruelty - and mid levels trauma mostly from complications in my peronsal life.   I also own and manage 3 separate powerful  businesses.  80+ hour weeks of work.    Main problem is that, I have seen close to 520 days of sleeplessness.   I used to treat them like allnighters – but it got out of hand in last 4 years. Seeing 85 plus days of sleeplenss per year.  I didn’t see a doctor about it until 2 years ago.  By then damage had already mounted.     I was perfectly healthy before all this, and thought I could just take it.  Now however, you’ve read this  - take it and exaggerate it by a factor 300%.  Now that’s a better actuality.

My heart is incredibly week now.    Once an serious athlete, I’m afraid to exercise.  I live with general knowledge that my heart is in very poor condition.  I’ve been to ER 2 x from fatigue , not sleeping and having an orgasm with my girlfriend.  I had a vaso vagel reaction, face went white, heart sped up.  I was sure I was going to have heart attack or more appropriately cardiac arrest.  In hospital, I came down, and recovered – and they said I was fine.   No presence of a heart attack.  I live in reality, where I have to be careful – about sex –if I’ve had a period of sleeplenssness or exaggerated exercise.

Some times after not sleeping, and going up a flight of stairs I have to stop – b/c I hear my heart beat pounding in my ears.   I also sprinted to an event I was late for; full sprint – my heart was pounding in my ears so hard – I was scared.  Ever since then I’ve never run like that again.

I’ve seen a cardiologist  – and his echo and stress test show only minor decrease in function in mitral, bicuspid and aortic valve and a percentage decrease in left ventricle.  He says he has he same results in his test at 49 years of age.  My general doc says my heart is fine.

But they don’t understand the reality of what I’m dealing with.  What I cant convey to doctors and cardiologists; is that the heart is basically machinery;  it sees wear and tear;   it’s a muscle; and if you put it through exaggerated, hard core experiences, pain , suffering, deprivation, sleeplessness and agony worth 27 years of life in 5 years. After 35 earlier years of normal life.   It will weeken – and approach a point of failure.  My heart is week.  I know that.  What do I do?  How do I heal it?

CEO’s, and president of business -  live excessive lives in business  - it’s a sacrifice.  Irony is the lack of sleep, early meetings, trouble with wives,  – and lead them to early graves.   And the guys who are working 40 hour weeks and don’t have that stress, ambition and tension live much longer.


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   Posted 12/29/2012 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.
I am sorry to read of your health problems. Studies have  found out in some of the surveys that heart diseases are much more prevalent in the case of people who suffer from a lack of sleep. These persons may develop high blood pressure, and under severe circumstances may suffer from strokes or other ischemic events. The valves in the heart themselves may also falter from constantly elevated blood pressure, precipitating chronic heart disease.
You have seen a cardiologist and had tests which are not indicating that you have severe heart disease which you feel is incorrect.  Have you thought of seeking out a second opinion or further cardiac studies ?
May I ask what is your plan to change your lifestyle to decrease your high stress and anxiety as well as to gaurantee you started to sleep better ?
I hope you keep talking with us here and also know that we have a great anxiety forum where many of our overstressed members come to talk about their problems and you are very welcome to join us in that forum also.
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