Welcome to Spark and the Team! So glad to see you are turning it around and understand the seriousness of the situation. Best wishes to you on your road to recover and a bright future with healthy habits and balance!
I am a 58 year old woman with no history of heart disease. I was on high blood pressure meds for several years and just started to do all the preventative measures (with some pushing from my adult kids. I found a family doctor who started me on cholesterol meds. and because I had a problem recently with my blood pressure bottoming out when I stood up ( 90/40) he had me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours, have an ekg and an echo cardiogram in December. Everything was fine until I had a chest pain on Jan. 24th. It didn't last long and I didn't think much about it but it happened again the next evening. On the following morning I started feeling really unwell in general and when my husband came home from a drs. appt. I told him how bad I was feeling and that my chest was really hurting and I needed to go to the hospital. As soon as they hooked me up to a monitor in the ambulance they said "let's go. She's having a heart attack. I was taken to the heart center directly into the cath lab and they found 2 blockages in one artery (a 90% and an 80%) and did a thombectomy and put in two stents. I still have a 60% blockage in another artery but they had done so much they left it.
It really was a total shock. I'm don't look like the "usual heart attack victim). I'm 4 ft. 11 in. and weigh about 103. But my cholesterol had been high for many years and although I wasn't overweight I didn't eat a healthy diet by any means.
I'm in cardiac rehab now and I take it very seriously. I totally changed my diet and bought a treadmill so that I can easily exercise at home.
The truth is that I feel much better now (2 1/2 months later) than I have in several years. I have more energy, fewer headaches, eat more and generally am happier. I'm very interested in other people's experiences and look forward to "meeting" everyone.
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