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1/9/08 6:43 A

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Thank you all for sharing your stories. They also brought tears to my eyes this morning. I just had my heart attack 1 1/2 months ago so it is all fresh but I am doing well. :)

I wanted to post since stress is such a common theme in these posts. It was a main factor for me as well (plus smoking and carrying about 30 extra lbs).

I've been reading the book Don't Sweat The Small Stuff At Work and find it is really helpful to keep things in perspective. It's "chapters" are a mere 2-3 pages so even if you have a busy life and are working in an office or for your family, it's easy to fit in a few pages when you can.

There's a bunch of books in the series (Don't Sweat The Small Stuff) and if stress is something you are trying to get a handle on - I suggest these books!

I find it's hard to find a balance between being stressed and just not caring at all (letting it go to the extreme)... which work would not appreciate! LOL

-Alexia

Bachelor of Science in Health, Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration, Summa Cum Laude, 2010.

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1/8/08 10:21 P

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Eventually I will be going to Pittsburgh for an EP test. This test checks the electrical part of the heart. I am scared to death. But it needs to be done. The next time I see the Dr is in may providing I don't have anymore problems. If he still wants me go to pittsburgh that is what will have to be done.

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1/8/08 3:17 P

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When I was in my mid 30's, I had a very similar thing happen. I went to the emergency room and it turned out to be the first of years of panic attacks. I thought I was having a heart attack. I don't have them anymore, just anxiety.
It is very scary and I hope they have exhausted all other possibilities before it's diagnosed as panic attacks. They do mimic other things.
My heart goes out to you. Stay with us and keep us posted, ok?

Cindy

Life is a like your best friend, some days you just want to hug it and other days you need to kick it's butt:P


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1/8/08 2:58 P

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Hi
I have a heart issue. But the Lord is my strength. Sometimes I wonder why I have this problem. I woke up on day March 17, 2007 and got up to check my son to see if he went to work. I went back to bed, and all of a sundden I felt weird. I started to feel this burning sensation going across my chest and arms and my face and head felt funny. Than in a second or two my heat started to race. I took my stethescope to listen to my heart and it was racing and got worse. I called 911 and they came. My heart rate was up to 160. I also felt funny in the throat during this time. It felt like my throat was starting to close up. I actually thought I was going to die.
The ambulance attendents put nitro under my tounge, sparay & a pill and everything stopped. They took me to the hospital and I ended up staying for four days. They did a Catherization and it was good. They had me on a monitor floor. Said I had some arthmia. They really didn't know what was wrong. They thought it might of been a panic attack. I was so upset. Because I never had that happen to me before. I have had several attacks here at home. They scare me. They have me on two beta blockers to keep the heart rate down. I am not perinoide. I am always waiting for the next one. I even get scared to go out shopping at times, but I still go.
The Dr thinks it might be from all the stress I have had down the yrs of raising my grandkids. Stress can do a lot to a person. But I tell ya, I have a lot of support from my church family and of course my Lord. He is my greatest comforter.



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1/8/08 2:15 P

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Your stories are both sad and inspiring. To have been through so much, having such life-changing situaions and to still be fighters is encouraging to me. I battle stress and think that is one of my biggest obstacles. Aside from heart disease, I have other illnesses that take a toll. My son is disabled from a mental illness and lives with me. It is so hard to put everything in perspective sometimes. I still feel like I have to be everyone's everything and keep a smile on my face, no matter how I feel. It is a hard one to change. My grandson is the one joy I have that makes the world make sense.
To both of you ladies, I admire you for trying to find your way now that life has changed so much. Thanks for posting your stories, thanks for the opportunity to let out a little of my own:)

Cindy

Life is a like your best friend, some days you just want to hug it and other days you need to kick it's butt:P


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1/8/08 1:38 P

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Hi Kris, your story brought me back to tears. Your life and my life mirror each other. I do work part time at my daughters school. Doing that allows me to do whatever volunteer work that needs to be done. For me, if it needed to be done I was there. 3 kids and each one of them in after school activites as well as sports. I was always on the run. Although with me I made it a point to cook dinner and sit with the family no matter what. I do exercise, live fairly healthy so when I had my heartattack I thought no way. I thank god that I had the classic signs otherwise knowing me, I would of brushed them off as nothing.

What brought me to tears is what you said about your husband being scared. My husband has only cried twice the first time is when his mother died and when he and I were alone in the hospital room that next day after my heartattack. It tore me up seeing him break down like. The doctor had just told me that I had 100% blockage from a blood clots with several other smaller clots...brought on by stress. He told me I needed to try to live stress free as much as possible and learn to let things go. Doctor left and my hubby just broke down. It was at that point that I knew I had to change not just with eating habits but I need to learn how to say no and I need to learn how to let the little things go. I need to learn how to pick my battles with the kids instead of battling with them daily over stupid stuff that doesn't matter if it gets now or 2 hours from now. I'm learning how to live stress free and learning how to let llittle things go. That has been a huge battle. I have to remind myself every so often of what I just went through. I took a picture of my nasty bruise from where they went in to do the angioplasty procedure. So when ever i start feeling stressed I take a time out, go upstairs and look at my picture....it puts things back into prespective.

I wish you the best of luck
tracy

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1/8/08 1:22 P

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My name is Kris Ebel. I am a happily married mother of three children. Three years and a half years ago I had it all. I had just retired from my job as a public safety dispatcher. I could now do all the things I couldnít do when I was working full time. So thatís exactly what I did. I did everything. I volunteered at my childrenís school, I volunteered at my church. I babysat for friends small children during the day. I was football mom, choir mom, cheerleading mom. Anything anyone asked me I said yes. After working midnights for so many years when I retired I was thrilled I no longer had to worry about getting enough sleep and because I did not have to sleep in the daytime any more and was not working a full time job I felt I had all kinds of time to do everything. Right? I didnít know that there was a ticking time bomb waiting to go off.

Then it happened. October 10, 2004, at 5:30 in the morning I awoke with a burning pain in my chest that felt like I had swallowed a large ice cube, burning pain in both shoulders, elbows, and wrists, and I was sweating a lot. No matter what position I got in nothing helped. Luckily, through my training as a public safety dispatcher I knew what was happening. At 38 years of age I was having a heart attack.

There were a lot of contributing factors that led up to that point. I was 75 pounds overweight, I had had high blood pressure and hypertension for the past year, I was taking birth control pills and Vioxx. Letís also not forget the 4 Hurricanes that year and my three children: 17, 10, and 7. No stress there. Perhaps the biggest contributing factor was my lifestyle. I was completely over-extended. I lived in the drive-thru. Fast food was my best friend. Exercise? Who had time for that luxury?

I felt I needed to take care of everyone else and taking care of myself would just be selfish. What we donít realize as women and mothers sometimes is that if we donít take care of ourselves first we wonít be around to take care of anyone else. The worst part of having a heart attack was what it did to my family. The fear that followed. My husband is a 6-2 240lb SWAT commander and he was afraid.

I had lost 50 pounds at one time but have recently gained back about 15 pounds. I am in a self-pitying slump and am trying to get out of it. I thought joining a team would give me some accountability and support. I am tracking my food and am starting to exercise again. I would like to help support others in their journey and at the same time help myself.

Life Verse Proverbs 4:23

Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Proverbs 4:23 Above all else guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.


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