One week before Thanksgiving in 1989 at the age of 49, I had a massive heart attack. I had just returned from the gym. I weighed 167 lbs and has less than 10% body fat at the time. I was a smoker, but was under extreme stress on the job. I was Manager of Critical Accounts Large System for a major corporation. I experienced the chest discomfort but also experienced the pain in the jaw, which they didn't tell you about at the time. My daughter drove me to the ER and as soon as they wheeled me in, I went out like a light. I had three nurses working on me and they had to use the paddles 4 times as I kept going under. Fortunately one of the top Cardiologists in the area was walking through the ER at the time. This hospital was also one of the few in the area that had TPA (the clot buster) at that time. Because of this, I experienced minimal damage. I did spend Thanksgiving in the hospital that year. On Black Friday they did a catherization and found no blockages above 20 %. but could see where the clot had been. 7 years ago, I was experiencing discomfort in the throat. Upon doing a nuclear stress test , they found blockages. I had two stents implanted in my Right Coronary Artery. This is where the clot had been. Last November, I was again experiencing throat discomfort, and my family doctor sent me to the hospital by ambulance. They opted to not do the stress test and went right for the catherization. The result, two more blockages in the same artery, beyond the present stents. I now have 5 stents in that same artery. They had taken me off of Statin drugs for a year and a half due to elevated muscle enzymes. Needless to say I am back on Crestor. It was discovered that Plavix doesn't work for me, so I am on Effient. I finish Cardiac Rehab for the third time next week, I feel great and will be going regularly to my Health Club in the future. I feel great and have lost 8 pounds since I started 3 weeks ago.
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