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12/6/07 4:32 P

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The hospital here every Feb they have heart healthy meeting and one year they had this cd they gave us and it is the cd I listen too to get relaxed but I do have others I listen to also.the hospital has a whole dept on stress management, yoga, relaxation .yes when I had my heart attack I look back and I felt like I was going 100mph and not getting any where.just a fast pace and could not get caught up.and trying to keep everyone else happy and busy busy at work. just totally nuts.I have learned to give time to myself. I have learned to play nintendo ds games I go find a quite place to play and chill out. you all take care talk later Brenda.

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12/5/07 9:32 P

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Brenda, that is interesting about listening to soft music to take your mind off of problems. I have coronary heart disease, I think a lot of my problems are caused by stress and sometimes resentment. I have tried to learn to meditate to get my mind from going to those places where I dwell on problems but cannot seem to relax. Music may help.

Alexial, you are right. A support group is awesome. You can learn from others (which I am doing!) and that can help you so much.

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12/5/07 9:07 A

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I am so glad to have found you all! :)

I believe already that this group will help me to understand more fully what I am going through and help me to cope with it without freaking myself out! (Last night was the first night I spent alone since being hospitalized and I did fine! Baby steps...)

This group and the fact that my PCP agreed to put me on anxiety meds (which I'll have cleared with my cardiologist on Friday) are going to go a long way in keeping me positive and even-keeled.

I read a post yesterday about learning to recognize different types of chest pains and I hadn't even considered that. I assumed any pain right now was bad... but I think what I am currently feeling is just general soreness and my chest muscles (not heart muscles!) adjusting to the recent trauma and my shiny new piece of internal jewelry. ;)

You are all right. I am not a religious person (I am spiritual though and accepting of everyone's beliefs) but I am very blessed by having access to amazing medicine, true friends, and now a great support group.

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12/4/07 11:55 P

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Welcome to the team!
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12/4/07 11:11 P

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Hello. Not to scare you but I had a heart attack 4 yrs ago 3 days before my 46th birthday and still get some of the scary thought you are having not as many but a few.The drs say it is normal . I too got a big red ichy rash where they did the heart cath to find out it was from the bedadine scrub at the incision site.I get so relaxed when sleeping at times in fact too relaxed I wake up so fast to wake myself up because I tell myself I don't want to die I got to make sure my heart is still beating.and i am ok my dr said you just get asleep to fast and get to relaxed to quick.I have learned to listen to relaxing soft music to help take my mind off all the bad thoughts going though my mind. It all take time just take it slow and easy.Feel better soon Brenda

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emoticon Hi Alexia - Glad that you posted. I wish you great success in your lifestyle changes and health.

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12/4/07 4:24 P

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Welcome to the team, Alexia!

How scary for you! I had a heart attack with bypass surgery 21 months ago (at age 35), and there are still times that I will get a tingling in my arm (usually from laying on it) or my chest will hurt and wonder if I'm having another attack! I don't know that I will ever totally get over those fears. My attack was from a dissected artery that was pregnancy/delivery related, and was not caused by any unhealthy habits or genetic related causes, so I really shouldn't have to worry as much, but I still do! And trust me - those who haven't been through it have no idea, even if they try to be sympathetic! I'm glad that you're condition was able to be helped with a stent, and that you didn't have to go through bypass surgery.

Best of luck to you, and take it slow! Don't try to rush yourself and listen to your body. You will get to the point where you will pretty much know the difference between the different "pains" and where they are coming from. (Luckily, with a stent, you don't have to worry about chest incision pain or pain from the breast bone! Those were the hardest for me to decipher!) Will you be going through cardiac rehab?

I'm glad you found a silver lining so quickly! It took me until a few months ago, when I met a nurse who worked at the ER I was first taken to, and she told me that they lost a woman with the exact same condition as I had while waiting to transfer her to the heart hospital just a month or so after mine. That made me realize how close I actually came to losing my life, and made me thank the Lord that I came through the ordeal and have healed very well.

Best of luck to you!

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Hi all,

This is my introduction and I welcome any and all comments from people going through something similar.

My name is Alexia, I'm 38, and I had a heart attack over thanksgiving weekend. I don't have family history or high numbers (cholesterol, B/P, etc); but I was a smoker (cut down drastically in July) and I do have a lot of stress with my job and all the goals I try to attain. The heart attack was a complete surprise to me and my doctors.

I found out I had 98% blockage in the coronary artery and am now the proud owner of a Taxus2 Stent, which has given me beautiful blood flow in the artery.

I'm a former "sparkie" and used to use this site in lieu of weight watchers to try to lose weight. My reasons for being here this time are not as shallow (quality and longevity of life as opposed to appearance) and I am finding this site to have everything I need to keep my doctors informed about my diet and exercise (not allowed yet) and to keep myself within my nutrient ranges.

The biggest challenge I am currently facing is that I was just stented last Tuesday (one week ago) and I tend to be an anxious type (go figure right? LOL) and so am reading way too much into every little thing going on with my body right now... from swelling in my belly/leg to the light and brief chest pangs (I went back to the ER on Sunday night and they said I was fine and these things were normal for now) to red spots and soreness on my hips (most likely from laying around so darn much!) to an irritaion near the incision site (most likely from the ultrasound goop that I couldn't completely wash off)... but you name it and I have probably thought I am having an issue with it this past week... at least I know my fears are usually irrational... I just didn't accept the fact that I had a heart attack and go to the ER for 2 1/2 days so I want to make sure I react quickly if anything happens again!

I have found so many silver linings in this very dark and scary cloud (I'm ever the optimist) and am so grateful to still be here and to have what I consider a second chance at living a healthful life.

Whew. Okay. Sorry, I'm rambling.

For now, I would love to hear from anyone who is recently stented or remembers how it was right after they received a stent in hopes of calming my irrational fears. :)

I hope to be an active member here, gaining support and information right now and providing it to others as I adjust to living my new life.

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