I understand where you are right now. I had been having my heart attack for 2 hours before anyone came home and found me. My husband drove me to the hospital lucky for me they specilize in cardiac care. They told me I was having a massive heart attack and would need to have a cardiac catheroitization done immediately. I replied I was only 37 years old and could not be having a heart attack. After that I went back to the hospital for about 6 months everytime I have a pain in my chest. they ended up figuring out that I was having acid reflux and the pain would start a panic attack. I am getting better now but I still worry about is my heart going to give out again. I just have to focus on getting healthy and staying that way. Good luck you will get through this.
i can understand your fear,when you body gives up on you its scary. i felt that when i first got my pacemaker.but remember your mind is stronger than your body.be happy they found what was wrong.every day is a new day. pick one small thing to fix, i will eat better,i will walk a little farther.with your doctors ok i will exercise a little longer,i will smile more,think of what you can do,try not to dwell on what you canti will sit in the sunshine for a couple minutes.give yourself little goals that will become bigger,concentrate on the goals and being happy,if you have an animal picture yourself petting it,or sitting on the beach.before you know it you will be concentrating on those goals and feel you have less of a problem,and then finally you may forget for awhile that you even have a heart problem. good luck god bless stay positive. you have a friend in me.
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Fitness Minutes: (15,950) Posts: 1,039 2/15/09 6:47 A
Thankfully you are getting treatment. You really need to work on de-stressing yourself. Stress is a big one with heart health. Then be thankful that you had the pain to get you back so they can fix the problem! It might take a little time to make all things right, but do what they say, follow your meal plan very carefully and have faith in your doctors! Having health concerns means that we can't eat like others, but the benefits are that we know what is wrong and have a chance for a longer and healthier life. When you can start to exercise that is the next big thing. Remember that your heart is a muscle and has to be exercised. When the doctors tell you to do it, just make sure you follow through. All the people on this site have had some kind of heart condition and know where you are coming from. And if I have learned anything, it is that age doesn't matter! The best to you and all the other wonderful people on this team... Judi Pearl
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Fitness Minutes: (202,829) Posts: 97,618 2/14/09 7:26 P
I had quintuple bypass surgery at age 54, so I know what you mean about not trusting your heart! (They did 5 on me, piggybacked an extra graft so that it would stay open...) What really helped me regain the confidence to exercise is that they sent me to cardiac rehab. Find out if your insurance will pay, and if not, I'd say it is worth every penny to re-learn to exercise in a safe, controlled setting (they wired me with electrodes and recorded every session, with data about what machine, what my perceived exertion level was, etc., then not only did the nurse and exercise physiologist review it there on the spot, but they emailed the readings to the cardiologist's office to review. When I was done, I had the all-clear to exercise for 20 minutes at a time, and got lots of instructions about how to build it up gradually and wome warnings... no walking in extreme heat or humidity, that sort of thing. I joined a gym about a year after my surgery and now I do 45-60 minutes of cardio at a time and do strength training, too.
Hope you heal well... don't be afraid to call the doctor and get advice! Evelyn
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Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 77 2/14/09 4:17 P
Sorry to hear of your setback but be aware that you are fortunate they found what was wrong. One way to deal with the fear of your situation is to do something about it. I don't mean exercise or physical movement, I mean mentally doing something about it. While you are in a healing situation, start planning on paper what you will be doing about getting better. I mean better health! List those things you have to work on including better diet, doctor approved exercise, keeping in touch with family and friends to give you support, etc.. Small steps only are needed now. When you are able to begin do what you have listed in your health plan you will find that you are feeling much better about yourself. Worry will not help you! This is the time to ask questions of your doctor and your health care advisers and then make a list of those things in your life that you need to change. Hang in there and keep up your spirits! clowny74/Marge
Hello everyone! Just signed up today because I booked a long needed vacation with my significant other. I am 39 years old and 3 weeks after my birthday I had a heart attack. Went to the hospital when the chest pains started but they did not believe I was having a heart attack and they delayed treatment, so I showed them! I went into cardiac arrest and had to be flown by helicopter to a hospital that specializes in cardiac care. I had a double bypass 3 days later and my breast plate is just now healing well enough to sleep on my stomach. Huray! The other night I had a little bit of chest pains and went to a hospital for an EKG and have my blood enzymes checked to make sure I was ok. They sent me back to the cardiac hospital and I got to spend 2 nights and a day there, I had to have an angiogram done while I was there and to my horor I found out only one of my graphs was working, the other one never took. I am very unhappy. I have to have another surgery to correct it! I am overweight and afraid to do anything physical at this moment. I have to talk about this issue and see if anyone else has any ideas how to overcome my fear. I wasn't ever afraid until now. Vacation is a month away and I have confidence issues. Any suggestions
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