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New and Scared
Hi. I'm Brenda and I'm new to this forum.
While getting clearances for upcoming rotator cuff surgery, I was sent to a cardiologist due to my age (65). He did an EKG and told me that I have had a heart attack in the past. I had no idea.
My dad had a history of heart problems: afib, high cholesterol, congenital heart failure. He had 3 angioplasties but lived to be 92.
I am scheduled for a stress test this Wednesday.
I just feel overwhelmed and scared.
KarlR, November 17, 2020 12:09am EST
According to a Harvard Study, about 45% of heart attacks have no symptoms ("silent" heart attacks). They find out much like you did ... after the fact, while getting tested for something else.
It's entirely possibly to have a heart attack without having significant damage to the heart muscle. So I would recommend against leaping to conclusions until you get some test results.
In most ways, your path forward is the same as any other heart attack survivor. I can't do anything (now) about the heart attack I had back in June. Instead, I'm doing things to try to avoid having another heart attack. I went through cardiac rehab. I take my meds. I switched to a heart healthy diet. I exercise regularly. That's probably what your future holds.
Hang in there. It's a lot to absorb at first. A few months down the road, and it will just feel like one more crazy thing that happened during 2020.