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JoanA, December 19,  2020  9:41pm EST

Heart Attack #2

Hi everyone I'm new to this site. I had HA#1 July 10,2020 . HA #2 December 9,2020. I am just blown away. I had a stent put in each time. This has not been a good year. I'm 2 weeks post MI and every pain or twinge makes me think I'm having another one . I had the second one while taking Plavix and Aspiran. I am on so many meds I feel like i'm just taking pills to live. I hav'nt been able to get out to walk because of the weather in Boston. I was in Cardiac Rehab when #2 occurred. So I'm back to ground zero. 8 to 10 weeks before I can restart. 

I was taking care of my grandchildren. Now I'm not sure I have the stamina to do this right now. I feel guilty because I can't help. Please don't get me wrong I am grateful to be alive. I feel like I am in a personal pity party. I can't get out of my own way. Please tell me this will calm down and go away. Thank you for listening to me.


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, December 23,  2020  11:20am EST

    Hello, I am so sorry you are going through this. Heart attacks are frightening experiences, but you should know this: you are not alone. Unfortunately, I am not a medical professional, but I'd encourage you to visit these resources on the AHA website about Life After a Heart Attack if you haven't already. Please keep us updated on how you are doing. 

    We're rooting for you!


    The AHA Team

  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, December 28,  2020  7:24am EST

    Hi JoanA,

    You have been through a lot, it is no wonder that you are freightened.  Please don't feel bad about not helping with the grandchildren, you have to take care of yourself first so you can be around for them later.  Try some meditation if you can to help you calm down.  Anxiety is NOT our friend.  I just celebrated my two year anniversary and I still have the anxiety but it is a lot better than it was in the beginning.  This is a good site to share with others.  Wishing you good health for the future.


  • SingletonMel
    SingletonMel, January 3,  2021  8:27am EST

    Having a HA is very traumatic and like any other traumatic experience and not to mention you've experienced it twice. It will take time to learn coping mechanisms, I suggest finding a support group and I'm told they have some virtual ones that you can link with through this site. I will find out details and get back to you.Take it easy and don't put to much pressure on yourself. Love & blessings

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