shivasgirl66
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shivasgirl66, October 19,  2019  1:44pm EST

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Hi, I just had a heart attack on MOnday, and another Wednesday, I used to weigh 420 pounds and have lost down to 245. I had a great fitness regime going, was eating properly, and felt great. I walk 1.4 miles every night in 32 minutes and swim a mile 5 times a week in 50 minutes, I thought I was doing everything right. Now I dont now what to do. My doctors said there was minimal damage. My first heart attack was Monday morning at 2am. I had swum my mile and changed my stroke because my hands were bothering me. I woke up at 2am with horrible pain in my upper arms and armpits, which I attributed to muscle fatigue from the new swim stroke. When 4 Ibuprofen and 30 minutes didnt lessen the pain, I went in to ER and they confirmed a heart attack, I was stented and in a room by 4am. I was fine after that and they put me on Brilenta. The insurance decided they didnt want to pay for that so I was released Tuesday at 5pm on Plavix. WEdnesday at 4:45pm I had another heart attack, was in ER by 5, stented again and in a room by 6:30. Back on Brilenta, Eliquis, aspirin and lisinopril. Was released from hospital yesterday and now the emotional stuff is coming up. I have 14 year old twins that I am the sole parent to. I have a 31 year old son and a three year old grandson that I cant imagine life without. I am so scared and I dont know what to do. I am only 53 years old. I thought I was doing all the right things.

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  • Gerlijk1
    Gerlijk1, October 19,  2019  4:00pm EST

    Sorry to hear about your heart attack. I too had a heart attack on September 31. I am 54. Dealing with the emotional anxiety is tuff. I have no great words of wisdom. Congratulations on your weight loss. You were doing the right things. Heart attacks happen to healthy people too. I feel as if I was “doing things right too”. Your not in the boat alone. Seek support and reach out to others. 

  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, October 19,  2019  4:17pm EST

    Hi shivasgirl66,

    Sounds like you got a real wokout at the hospital.  Sorry you are going through this.  It is a scary thing to have happen.  I'm curious as to why they didn't address the other clogged artery the first time.  I had a HA last Dec. And i received one stent.  They kept me there and put 2 more in 2 days later.  They didn't do it all at once because my heart rythum went crazy the first time.  As far as being scared, oh yeah!!!!!  I was terrified to eat for a least a month or so.  Because I was eating right to begin with and I didn't know what to do next. This starts to go away after a while.  Don't panic and cause yourself more stress.  You need time, time, time.  There is a lot to get used to ie. meds, your body returning to normal,  it's a scary thing.  But, in this site you can read other people's stories and post what you are going through and get some emotional support.  We will be here to help.  Keep posting your concerns, it helps to talk about it. 

    Mary

  • shivasgirl66
    shivasgirl66, October 20,  2019  2:07am EST

    Gerlijk1, thanks for your reply, It helps to have others ahead of me in the new journey. Mary, it wasnt another clogged artery. I am one of the 5% that Plavix doesnt work for and we didnt know it until it didnt work and I had a blood clot. Now I am on Brilenta so praying this doesnt happen again

     

  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, October 20,  2019  9:22am EST

    I take effient in the pm and an aspirin in the am, this way I feel like I am covered 24/7.  I hope the brilinta keeps working well for you.  I can understand why you are scared.  Hopefully things settle down and you can get on with it.  

    Mary

  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, October 20,  2019  10:41am EST

    Hi  you might want to check out this site, there is some useful information and good stories.  Hope it helps

    www.myheartsisters.org

    Mary

  • Cath4
    Cath4, October 25,  2019  1:30pm EST

    Mary, when I try to get on the site it says page not found? Thanks Cathy 

  • Cath4
    Cath4, October 25,  2019  1:39pm EST

    Hi Shivasgirl66, I also take aspirin in the morning & plavix at night also. I am almost 4 months post HA. I am not going to lie, I am still struggling with the emotional stuff. But you seem like you were on the right track already, just continue what you were doing! It is hard but it does get better. The whole situation is a lot, getting use to meds, med side effects, pains, emotions etc. I feel like it is so much at 1 time. I am here if you want to talk and a lot of people here are more experienced than me. Cathy 

  • Mb120918
    Mb120918, October 25,  2019  2:30pm EST

    Cath4, 

    Don't know why it isn't going through. Did check and that is the correct address.  The link didn't work for me either.  If you type it in it will get you there.  It's Caroline Thomas and the Mayo clinic on women and heart attacks.

    Mary

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