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tracyt, December 22,  2020  9:53pm EST

Anyone who had only 1 heart attack + is healthy and strong with no other issues?

Hi everyone! I joined this group to help my sweet father, who had a heart attack almost 4 years ago to this day. He had high BP for years, but just prior to his heart attack he had a clean bill of health, a clean EKG, tests, etc, so his heart attack took him by complete shock. He eats healthy, doesn't drink/smoke, gets exercise, an overall healthy guy to begin with. Ever since his heart attack, he's been worried he's going to have another, even after reassurance from his doctors and specialists that he's well and healthy.

My dad doesn't know a single person who had a heart attack and didn't die within 3-5 years, so his worry/anxiety is related to that. I know anxiety/worry is common after heart attacks, but I feel like he needs some feel-good reassurance to know it's possible to have only one heart attack and live longer than 5 years without having another and staying healthy. 

If this is you, or one of your loved ones, would you please be so kind to maybe write my dad a little message saying whatever reassuring and uplifting things you've got for me! Even a "Hey, I'm so and so (or my dad is), I had a heart attack when I was 58 and was so worried I would have another. I was healthy to start, and now I'm 74 and feeling great, eating healthy, playing with my great grand-kids...." whatever you'd like to share. I'd love to be able to print these out for my dad in hopes it gives him some peace and comfort.

Thank you all so much in advance for your kindness, compassion, and support <3 


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, December 23,  2020  10:38am EST

    Good morning, It is so kind of you to seek support for your father. As you continue to garner advice and insights from others on these forums, I would also encourage you to share with him these resources for Life After a Heart Attack. Please let us know how your father is doing in his recovery. 

    Best Wishes

    The AHA Team 


  • BrianG
    BrianG, January 11,  2021  10:07am EST

    I was 54, fit and healthy. Never smoked a day in my life and all tests were clear. Had cardiac arrest at the gym . Luckily I was given cpr n gym had a defibrillator and my heart sustained no major damage. My diet was good but I have made it better. I take my meds n run 4-5 days a week. It's been two years n I feel great. Hopefully I can tell you n your dad the same thing in another 10 years lol 

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