What I learned from my heart attack
Saturday, July 14, 2018
I had a small heart attack 25 days ago. I always figured it would happen but not this young (I am 57).
I have a strong family history, I don't handle stress very well and despite trying over the years I am overweight and have diabetes.
The recovery has gone well and from what the medical people have told me the fact that I was very active before has helped me in the recovery process.
What I have learned most of all that there is no formula in heart heath. In the last five years I haven't had a single Cholesterol reading outside of the normal range (of course some were higher normal and some were lower). My A1C has been within the normal range but higher than I would like and my doctor does an EKG once a year and has always showed normal.
It really can't be determined what caused my heart attack and at the time I really didn't even think it was heart trouble, I was out for a run and thought my asthma was causing my breathing problems. Testing at the E.R found the heart trouble.
In short I am thankful to be recovering as well as I am and of course thankful it wasn't more serious, and am a little more dedicated to resolve my binge eating problems to keep my A1C a little closer to normal. I am trying to get back to my previous activity level even though I know that will take a while. I am also absolutely convinced that the best eating plan is not one you will see on TV but reducing as much as possible processed foods and sugar. That is still not easy but this is a strong motivator to practice this a little more successfully.
I am not a doctor and would never give anyone else advice medically but what I have learned from all this is eat real food, be as active as you can be and try to handle stress (much easier to say than do). Most of all if you have a binge eating problem, do what you need to do to get a handle on it, I have never met a binge eater who binges on broccoli and the junk food we consume not only adds sugar and calories but it also increases inflammation in the body which contributes to lots of other bad things.