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Thadra, July 31,  2019  11:16am EST

4 years post endocarditis

An introduction: 4 years ago I was diagnosed and treated for endocarditis. The bacteria ate my aortic heart valve, which had a heart murmur. At just over 40 years old I was having open heart surgery. I learned new eating habits and a change in my lifestyle. I was, and continue to be, an active person. 

Tem months later, I had a small medical procedure. The day after the procedure I was at work on the phone speaking with my supervisor, with slurred speach. Maybe it was a reaction to the Anastasia, maybe it's because I came to work with an empty bottle of propane in the car. It took about two months to diagnose the mini-stroke. No long term impact. 

Four years later I experienced chest pain just after a warm up in my cycling class. It's chest pressure. Dialed it down in class, and eventually drove myself to the ER. I was told its a heart attack, but there's no blockage of the arteries. 

Again, making lifestyle changes and asking, is this my "new norm "?

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, July 31,  2019  10:06pm EST

    That's a good question and one best suited for your cardiologist. I would certainly consult with your's and ask a lot of questions. But it is important that you are making lifestyle changes. This is certainly your best defense. The best thing you could do is to continue to with the exercise and diet you've started. Let your cardiologist know exactly what you're doing especially given your history. Personally, with the changes you've made and continue to make, I doubt it is your new norm but you have to know what your limits are, if any. Talk to your doc. Can't emphasize that enough.

    I wish you all the best!


  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, August 5,  2019  1:52am EST

    I think we tend to look for norms.  But when we were kids, we could adjust and looked for adventures.  But time, work, and life''s demands, but more the stress we put on ourselves I think makes us look for normal.  But I'm learning there is no normal.  We do what we can, do what is needed, but with these difficulties, live life as it comes, but also what we're interested in.  No one can know the future.  That seems a tough way to live, but it''s really the only way to live.  The happiest people I know have difficulties, some severe, but look forward to life.  Like they've found the magic of life.  All the best. 😃

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