The last two weeks have been a very scary time. A very dear friend had to have a 5 vessel bypass on Thanksgiving Day.
I admit that he set himself up for it, he smoked (alot) and was an uncontrolled diabetic. He took his meds but ate whatever he wanted and never checked his blood sugar. hasn't seen a doctor in over a year. Throw in a dad who died in his 40s from heart disease and a grandfather who died in his 30's from heart disease and my friend is lucky he made it to 51.
One of the scariest things about this though is that his only symptom was severe shoulder and scapula pain. No chest pain etc, no classic symptoms. his blood pressure and heart rate were normal. How do you get heart attack from that?
My friend also developed a rare complication, lymph fluid draining into the pleural space, that still has him hospitalized 12 days after surgery with a chest tube still in place. and can be fatal if they can't stop it.
We can't be like him and bury our heads in the sand and pretend everything is fine. I know we are all trying to be proactive and be healthy but make sure you know your numbers and are trying to get them under control.
And if your spouse is on your case about your diet and health, please listen!
Another thought, heart attack symptoms are not always the classic chest pain etc. Especially in women it can be back or neck pain. But if you have a sudden onset of pain anywhere in your chest or back, please get checked. The life you save may be your own.
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