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   Posted 7/14/2007 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm just curious -- how many of you were smokers before your heart attacks?
How many of you still smoke after your heart attack?

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   Posted 7/14/2007 12:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi tomah,  I havent had a heart attack but, I do have some serious heart problems.  I am 33 (almost 34 skull ) and have bradycardia & sick sinus syndrome in which I have had a pacemaker implant 1& 1/2 yrs ago.  I also have a Vent. Septal Defect.

I had smoked since I was 18 on and off...mostly on.  I managed to quit a month before doctors found my heart problems and didnt smoke for well over a year.  I was warned that if I started to smoke they would have to go in and fix the septal defect.  Well, despite everything I know about my condition I did start again.  Stupid I know but it is one of the hardest things to stop and stay stopped.  I tell myself almost everyday that tomorrow I will not smoke but for all my good intentions that is really all they are is intentions....who knows, maybe tomorrow.

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   Posted 7/17/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I smoked until around 42 and quit.  Late in life, started smoking a bit and then..quit!!  Way too expensive to be honest.  Then, I had a triple bypass at 62 and also have a defib because of a couple more V-fibs and a stroke.  You decide?   The first time quitting is the worse..after that, you really don't want it to beat you.    

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   Posted 7/18/2007 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your posts.  I guess there aren't too many people on here that smoked - or are still smoking (or don't want to admit it) LOL.  I just got a prescription for Chantix.  I have a 100% blocked RCA with collaterols - but it is time to quit before other arteries get blocked.

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   Posted 7/18/2007 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tomah!I am also a smoker.I have not had a heart attack,but I do have cardiomyopathy.I smoked for about 12 years before pregnancy,got dx'd w/ cardio about 3 months later ,then for some stupid reason,I started back up after the dx.Unfortunately,I use smoking to keep me from blowing my low-sodium diet.Excuses!Excuses!!I hope to quit one day soon!Does your cardio doc know you smoke?Mine doesn't & I've been to chicken to fess up & ask about chantix.

I have heard good things about chantix & know several people who have had success w/it.Best wishes!
~Jennifer~35 year old Carolina girl
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection-just biding my time
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet
          I declined a Defibrillator 2 years ago-now I don't need it!!!

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   Posted 8/15/2007 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tomah! It's been a while since I have posted anything here. I do still smoke, even after quad bypass surgery at age 44 and a balloon placed last year. I just cant seem to stop. I just found out I have emphysema, and I am still smoking. I know its so stupid of me to still smoke, but i have been smoking for 35 yrs. I have cut back quite a bit, so maybe someday.


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