David Palmer said...
I had the shock of my life a bit over a month ago when I had what I thought was persistent and severe indigestion (heartburn and gas), and I finally (after one day) went in to have things looked at, and I was told that I was having a heart attack. And not just any heart attack, but a "widowmaker" involving a total obstruction of my Right Coronary artery, at about the midpoint. And the ECG showed a "tombstoning" pattern, and so they immediately rushed me to a hospital with a cardiac care unit, and they put in a stent, and I felt 100% immediately after that (although they kept me for two days to observe me). And then I had the second biggest shock of my life when they told me that I had had another heart attack years or decades before, involving a total blockage of the LAD artery! Which is normally fatal.....and so that brings up the questions of 1) how did I survive, and 2) how was I not even aware of it at the time?
As far as how I survived, they could only assume that my body had developed collateral circulation around the blockage as it was developing (and seamlessly took over when the blockage was complete). And they said that the LAD artery was calcified at that point, so inserting a stent was an impossibility (so I'm going to have to live with the collateral circulation, unless I have a bypass done).
But now I'm wondering just when that earlier heart attack happened (the doctor said he couldn't tell, but based on the fact it was calcified, it must have been a long time ago). I'm wanting to know because 1) I want to know how long I have had what they describe as "advanced artereosclorotic disease," and 2) I want to look back in my memory and see if I can remember any symptoms I might tie to the event (I am 62 now).
So my question is whether there is any way the timeframe of the older event can be pinned down any better than my doctor could?
Well, depends on how you view things, I'd say that God graced you mightily, but others would say, incredible luck. Either way, very amazing and good to hear as not very many people are able to tell us that they'd lived unknown years like that