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RobertHeart, December 19,  2020  6:30pm EST

I Joined the Club Last Week

Hello All!

My story so far -- I'm in my mid-fifties. 185 lbs. Always thougtht I was fit...Dad and Ma zero heart issues, they're in their 90's.

After a party night the night before I went for a walk and then hit the gym -- after vigourous w/out the sternum pain started. 

I managed to get home. The pain was so intense by then I was writhing from side-to-side on the bed and a cold sweat broke out.

Although I knew it was a H/A I couldn't even reach my ph.

Luckily my bro' entered to say hello. He called the Paramaedics. The H/A was massive apparently. 

I had a stent placed and now have 6 diff' meds - it's been a week. 

Occasionaly I have sharp twinges in the heart area - I'm not sure what they are but imagine it's the stent adjusting?

Anyway - the appointmet with the cardoilogist is next week.

Mentally I am bouyant and unafraid - it is what it is - but wondering if a 2nd one is in the wings. 

Probably a little over-the-top but I dumped coffee, sugar, dairy and meat. I dont miss it and no hankerings. 

Anyway nice to meet you all It'd be nice to connect with others .




Thanks for your replies - I just finshed watching 'What The Health' on you tube - MInd blowing how ignorant I was...



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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, December 23,  2020  11:13am EST

    Good morning, Thank you for sharing your story with the community. I am sorry to hear about the experience that you had, but I am glad that you have an appointment with a cardiologist next week. Here are some resources that may help you as you await your appointment. 

    Please let us know how you are feeling, and how the appointment goes. We are wishing you all the best!

    The AHA Team 

  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, December 28,  2020  7:09am EST

    Hi Robert,

    Welcome and Sorry that you had to join the club.  Glad that you made it.  Also, sounds like you have a pretty good attitude about it.  It takes a while to adjust to things.  The meds the stent etc...  I had a pinchy pain after 3 stents, eventually it went away.  Make sure to report all of this stuff at your visit to the cardio and ask about cardiac rehab, this will help you get back to feeling better.  This site has a lot of nice people that are willing to share their experiences and knowledge to help others.  For me it was a life line.  Wishing you a quick recovery and good health.  Looking forward to hearing about your progress.


  • steveSD
    steveSD, January 4,  2021  2:09pm EST


    You might be very fit. My doctors said my heart attack was likely due to genetics and the fact I have type 2 diabetes, also genetic. I ate fairly healthy and worked out occasionally back then so it wasn't totally lifestyle other than maybe stress. Sometimes it just happens, as so much in life is unfortunately. I did give up junk food, most processed stuff like pasta, chips, crackers, and also high starch things like rice, corn, and almost all sugar for a long time. I also stopped drinking entirely for almost a year. I still don't drink much. My doctors all pushed plant-based but I still eat meat, just not as much and I try to eat better like grass-fed beed or line caught fish. My blood tests are a testament to how well it worked. I could never give up coffee but I did switch to half-caffeine. I'm also exercising regularly and it's made a world of difference. In almost 4 years no second heart attack and only one scare where I was dehydrated and took a nitro in the middle of the night, which caused my bp to drop too much and I passed out. Tests showed I was fine though. Only my wallet ended up hurting. - Good luck to you and I hope you find the support you want here. - Steve

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