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Posted by swerd002 on Stories of Survival Feb 20, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Her I am with a pacemaker/defib implant in my chest. A few months ago I would have laughed at such a thought. I thought I was a healthy 66 yr.old Alaskan. Active with my sled dogs, living a remote Alaskan life style. No real clear warning of what was to come. I was alittle tired over the last few months,but put that off as maybe showing my age.LOL Anyway,thanks ... more...
Posted by aktomlat03 on Stories of Survival Feb 20, 2017 5:36 PM CST
I went to another Dr. regarding my AFIB and that Sotalol was not helping me.  He recommended Tikosyn after he had researched my issues.  I'm trying to avoid jumping from one pot of boiling water to another pot of boiling water, so my question is, if anyone reading this has been on Tikosyn, can you please tell me how has it been for you?  thank you more...
Posted by Rdrnnr2 on Stories of Survival Feb 19, 2017 10:19 PM CST
I have already posted my story but was playing around and put it in poem....Enjoy and best wishes and prayers to all my fellow survivors. It was a cold snowy Friday, a cold winters day. I started my truck soon would be on my way. I ran back in the house to grab my daytimer and phone, I felt a pain in my chest, who would have known, Coffee and toast was breakfast that ... more...
Posted by Gomi on Stories of Survival Feb 19, 2017 3:40 PM CST
Hello Everyone, On 11 Feb 2017 I suffered a heart attack and survived. I am 36 years old and active duty military. I have been around the world and in & out of combat situations, but this is probably the most scared I've ever been. It was Saturday and I was home alone (my wife was at work- she's a military Reservist), I went through my regular morning routine for ... more...
Posted by cspikerc on Stories of Survival Feb 17, 2017 5:26 PM CST
I have no memory of anything for @ 6 weeks leading up till 02/06/2014, this is my story as told to me by others. I spent the night of 02/05 at my mothers cottage in a retirement center, she was in the hospital and I was supposed to meet with her Dr the next morning, my son, Sam, and I went to see her that evening and he went home( he lives with his mother) and I went to ... more...
Posted by samsdad on Stories of Survival Feb 17, 2017 3:37 PM CST
Hello everyone, I am Michelle and I had a heart attack! Yuk! I am 45 years young. On January 8, I had woke up, made a bowl of cereal, ate it and watched some TV. My husband and granddaughter woke and I asked them if they wanted me to make them some breakfast. I had two pieces of bacon on the stove from the day before. You know, the extra crispy, yummy kind. I ate those ... more...
Posted by Meanienini on Stories of Survival Feb 17, 2017 9:49 AM CST
 Hello everyone,       I am in a serious  fight to keep myself eating right, staying fit and healthy.  I was diagnosed with CHF heart disease in 2005  (Undiscovered in childhood from Rheumatic Fever and later in difficult emergency c-section due to alarming heart rates during  pregnancy/labor 1995 and Diabetes found later in 2016.  Medications and ... more...
Posted by TC Eckstein on Stories of Survival Feb 16, 2017 7:39 PM CST
Well, this is my story. I've been posted a couple times on Support Network and I am a survivor and Ambassador for the American Heart Association. I am giving a speech next Tuesday for the US Courts in D.C. and gave one last week at a Senior Wellness Center. I've lost 50 lbs and walk about 7-10 miles a day, play full court basketball with the young ones, do ... more...
Posted by eichardthestentman on Stories of Survival Feb 16, 2017 5:39 AM CST
May 20, 2016 I flew to Los Angelas, CA to visit a friend.  Just a quick trip to LA, 24 hours, if that.  Three hours after I landed at LAX I had a stroke.  I was a 46 year old woman in good health.  I didn't know I was having a stroke, aside from the severe headache I was experiencing.  I got out of bed and kind of stumbled into the bathroom.  I felt my face go numb and ... more...
Posted by kgonza1 on Stories of Survival Feb 15, 2017 3:52 PM CST
I'm a 60 year old t2 diabetic woman with no prior history of heart deiease although my medical doctors kept using the scare tactic about how i'm going to have  a heart attack or stroke if I don't get my blood sugar (a1c) under control.  I challenged them back by saying if you think I"m going to have a heart attack or stroke the lets test me and the echos, blood ... more...
Posted by drakster on Stories of Survival Feb 15, 2017 3:48 PM CST
This past November 8th I had the second of two open heart surgeries - throw in a little battle with cancer and these past five years have been such a roller coaster - and yet, here I am sharing my story of hope and survival.  Truly a miracle. Five years ago I got a horrible staph infection.   It did not go to my heart but I was beyond sick.  My primary care doctor ... more...
Posted by maryz1219 on Stories of Survival Feb 14, 2017 8:07 PM CST
My journey with my heart being restricted came as a surprise.  I thought I was relatively healthy.  I was eating healthy portions, exercising, had some stress from work.  But, not anything I considered serious.  I went for my annual physical, I was coughing with some congestion and my chest xray revealed some cloudiness.  The doctor, thought I  was ... more...
Posted by lamwallace7 on Stories of Survival Feb 13, 2017 9:28 PM CST
  On March 21 1984 I was 34 years old and while sitting at lunch I suffered a transient ischemia attack although I didn’t have the name for it till years later, I lost my peripheral vision, my memory of peoples names that I knew well also disappeared. It lasted about 40 minutes and I covered it up then returned to work. My assistant convinced me I should not ... more...
Posted by Sownman on Stories of Survival Feb 13, 2017 5:38 PM CST
Has anyone seen the ADAPTABLE Study video, wanted to know if anyone was in the study and what do they think about it. The study is for patients who have Heart Disease and can tolerate aspirin from 80 - 325mg the team of doctors are trying to find out what is the correct doses for patients with heart disease. It sounds like a important study because my ... more...
Posted by 3Sevens on Stories of Survival Feb 13, 2017 3:50 PM CST
I'm a Vet. Had served my country for 22 yrs., thought I was in good health because of doing physical exercise 3 times a week.  Moved from Killeen, TX, took a job in Waco, TX at 63 yrs old.  Had no idea I was over weight, until I had a heart attack.  I thought it was the turkey bacon, I had been eating for years.  Only to find out, some of it is saltier than regular ... more...
Posted by arounds on Stories of Survival Feb 11, 2017 1:24 PM CST
Sorry for my long post first of all… I was living a healthy life, sometimes stressed due to work & not always very active, but overall quite healthy. I never smoked, rarely drank and was a vegetarian so I tried to eat healthy. The weekend of August 13th we had an extreme oppressive heat wave (real feel temp of 115*) and I remember feeling chest pressure every ... more...
Posted by Tat2dforever on Stories of Survival Feb 9, 2017 4:31 PM CST
On November 23 rd 1988, the day before Thanksgiving, my parents welcomed me into the world. Unlike most newly diagnosed Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) babies, my parents had no idea that they were welcoming a little girl with a complex heart condition. A moment that should have been filled with joy and excitement quickly turned hectic and ... more...
Posted by kellyHLHS on Stories of Survival Feb 9, 2017 1:50 PM CST
This pertains to my heart disease journey only - if you take time to read my profile you'll read that it is only one more step in my journey I call life. My name is Kim and ever since my first echocardiogram a few years ago,  I was always told my aortic stenosis was mild to moderate and the only medication was one to lower my cholesterol.  I had known I had a heart ... more...
Posted by Kim2016 on Stories of Survival Feb 6, 2017 11:05 PM CST
Three weeks ago I thought I was experiencing the worst case of heart burn in my life. I had three night shifts left and was being bull headed as a few of us guys are, I told my wife I would go see my doctor when I went on days off. I finished my last night of work got home and immediately told my wife I am hurting so bad you need to take me to the ER. Well I had been ... more...
Posted by Papajim on Stories of Survival Feb 6, 2017 9:37 PM CST
Hello, My name is Yvette Samuels and I am a 51 year old female. In March of 2015, I had 3 heart attacks and a stroke that night. As the months went by, I have had several mini strokes. I went home in June of 2015 after some rehab and 1 week and a half after arriving home, my lungs filled up with fluid and my heart stopped and I have to be revived. I have had may mini ... more...
Posted by akamisty on Stories of Survival Feb 6, 2017 12:38 AM CST
I am a 63 year old women who experienced chest discomfort on breathing, severe fatigue, weakness and just not feeling well about two years ago.  I  work part-time so after work I decided to go to the ER thinking that I had pneumonia.  When I went into Triage and they took my BP and pulse, which were extemely high, they rushed me into a room and started all kinds ... more...
Posted by gooddogbear14 on Stories of Survival Feb 4, 2017 11:37 AM CST
Hello. I am 34 years old and a heart transplant recipient. Nine years ago I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. In 2013 I was implanted a pacemaker/defibrillator. In December 2015 I was told my heart was failing a lot and was placed on the heart transplant list. On May 7, 2016 I received my second chance of life and received a good and healthy heart. I am very ... more...
Posted by uribeml on Stories of Survival Feb 4, 2017 11:13 AM CST
In 2008, at age 59, I had a heart attack.  Before that time, I was reasonably healthy despite having an autoimmune disease, Sjogren’s Syndrome.  I was trim, never smoked, and fairly active, participating in ballroom dancing, tai chi and walking regularly, so the heart attack came as a complete surprise.  My husband was out of town and I thought I was just ... more...
Posted by lindak on Stories of Survival Feb 3, 2017 4:27 PM CST
i am a 58 year old female with one son and my life has not been a easy life to live but thank God for putting me on other path walk i had 8 heart attack and i am here today to say that no matter what you can make a diffrence in your life and every one else because you been down that road of failer and now you have to on the road of sucess to live a better life. more...
Posted by hope112 on Stories of Survival Feb 1, 2017 12:26 PM CST
Where do I start? 38 years ago I was born with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. At the age of 5 years old I was in remission. 20 years later I gave birth to my son and the month following his birth I was in congestive heart failure with an EF of 13%. After alot of hard work and determination I got my EF back up to 55%. When then were told we could have more ... more...
Posted by Kmwing718 on Stories of Survival Jan 31, 2017 10:32 AM CST
Most people in the US celebrate July fourth as the birthday of our nation.  I also celebrate that date as my rebirth date.  You see, on that date I was given the gift of life by a very generous donor.  It is the thoughtfulness of the donors and their families who should be honored on this occasion. At the time of our transplants all of us recipients were merely ... more...
Posted by brith on Stories of Survival Jan 30, 2017 10:55 PM CST
For the past twelve years I have carved four or five days out of my week, to slide into a pair of shorts, slip on a light t-shirt, tie on a pair of trail running shoes and head out into the foothills or mountains to clear my head and surround myself in beauty... running through what has amounted to many tens of thousands of miles of trails. Six days ago, a mere ten ... more...
Posted by TJC on Stories of Survival Jan 30, 2017 9:30 PM CST
My name is Jocelyn, I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure just over a year ago in December of 2015. I will always remember December 12th as the day my life turned upside down. I can however say I was not surprised to hear my diagnosis due to losing my mother when I was 5 years old and her 21 at the time to the same disorder I have today. I ... more...
Posted by Jocelyn on Stories of Survival Jan 30, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Previous Recipient to the Presidential Physical Fitness Award at age 35, runner for the Special Olympics Torch Run, teacher for aerobics and health. actively taught two sons and stepson soccer and baseball and still here to complete my Lifetime Achievement Award in Fitness. Never having heart issues in the gene pool and helping others with their ... more...
Posted by Angie66048 on Stories of Survival Jan 30, 2017 8:37 AM CST