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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 

  • Reflibrarian
    Reflibrarian, January 30,  2021  4:03pm EST

    Hi Tracy!  I sure hope you get this message.  I see you posted this on 12/22/20.  I am a heart attack survivor, (the widow maker) I was just 48 years old when I had my heart attack.  I was and still am a very fit and active mother of two, college sophomore, junior in high school.  My husband and I will celebrate or 29th anniversary this year.  When I had my heart attack we had just gotten back from vacation where we had a fun canoing, hiking, biking, enjoying the outdoors.  I had a few warning signs on the way home but never expected this to happen to me, nonsmoker, nondrinker, no high blood pressure, no red meat.  I now have 1 stent and I did go to 6 weeks of cardio rehab.  It will be 3 years this August since I had it.  Each day I exercise by walking or riding a bike, just being active.  I eat a very healthy diet too.  Please tell your Dad that each day is a gift!  Enjoy each day and spend time with family or friends, even if it is a phone call, text or in person.  He is alive!  Be thankful for each day and do not be afraid of the future!   Let him know he is loved and a strong man!  Hope this helps!

  • wyszkid
    wyszkid, February 11,  2021  10:39am EST

    .Hi Tracyt,

    Please tell your dad it is possible!  I was healthy too when I had my heart attack: of the 7 risk factors I only had one - stress.  I had started a new career at age 52.  I thought I was having indigestion and argued not to go to ER.  It was a heart attack and I ended up with a stent.  That was on 2006.  Recently I have been having some symptoms similar to how I felt before my MI so I got everything checked out.  Turns out I have sevier Erosive Osteoarthritis.  My heart is working better than just about anything else in my body!  I just had a total knee replacement and am scheduled for a few more joints.  I still see my original cardiologist every 6 months and am on medications for blood pressure.  I wish I had paid more attention to my joints!  I'm on track now to get back to exercising.  Best of luck to you and your dad.

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