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martinekb, December 4,  2018  12:38am EST
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new to heart attack


I just joined.  I was looking for answers and support because I just had a small heart attack less than a week again.  It occurred while in hopsital.  I am home now, feeling week, a little frightened and sad.  I do not want this to impact my ability to enjoy my life as I have known it.  I want to be able to continue to sing in my choral groups and I would like to vacation with my family.  I don't know how soon I will feel safe to travel.  Well, I am beginning to have many questions.  And, I am trying to figure out a plan to make me healthier.  Believe it or not, I am an RN.  Cardiology was not an area I worked in.  I am 76 now, married with grown children and grandchildren.  I tend to put a lot on my plate activity wise.  My family asks me to slow down, but I find that very hard to do.

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, December 4,  2018  8:41am EST

    Good morning! You have come to the right place for information and support. I am sharing the information we have on life after a heart attack for you. I also want to reassure you, there is life post heart attack. We do have a conversation forum specifically for heart attack survivors. I can't move this post to the other forum, but I encourage you to go there, share your story and comment on the other conversation posts. Please know that we are here for you, every step of the way, through recovery and beyond. Best Katie 

  • marshamd59
    marshamd59, December 4,  2018  9:50am EST

    Hello Martinekb - I think sometimes our health issues are a wake up call that maybe we do need to slow down a little, which doesn't mean you can't do all the wonderful things you love to do, but maybe it's time to listen to loved ones and take it a bit easier. As women, we want to do it all, but my heart condition has taught me to slow down and live more in the present. To enjoy quiet moments of reflection, to sit in a chair and read a book to my grandchildren, to play a board game with my kids after dinner instead of cleaning the kitchen when they are over. I feel like when we let a few things go it takes some of the stress out of life and we enjoy those small moments more. Listen to your doctors and follow their counsel. You may find life after your heart attack to be even better than before.

    I wish you all the best!


  • sandyjean411
    sandyjean411, January 22,  2019  12:33pm EST

    If it's any consolation,my father-in-law had five heart attacks the three years he was at t he Pentagon while in the USAF.   He returned to McChord AFB for a year or two, then was deployed to Germany for three years; then returned to Lakewood,WA where he retired from McChord.  He died a decade later from cancer.  Iknow it'shard to not worry,but don't.  Just work on maintaining a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise,which is what I try to do (still working on losing 30 pounds; difficult at 77.


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