Oct 29
maddpax1
maddpax1 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Coronary Artery Disease Can Happen To Anyone

I considered myself a healthy 57 year old male, I never had a indication of any heart problems. I was on 40mg of Lipitor, but my numbers were good, and I thought everything was OK, was I ever wrong. On December 26, 2015 I started on my daily walk and my chest started to hurt. I returned home, sat down, drank some water, and the pain went away, Two days later I set out for my walk and my chest started to hurt once again. I knew I had to call my doctor and get checked out. I got checked out and had an abnormal EKG. I was scheduled for a nuclear stress test on December 31, 2015 and that is when it really hit the fan. I got on the treadmill and things got worse. I remember the tech that was running me through the stress test. Her voice got really high and she told her coworker to call a code STEMI now. A few seconds later, the small room was filled with a lot of nurses and men in white coats. I knew it was not good. I was wide awake and I said, "well I guess I failed the stress test". One of the doctors said, no, we now know exactly what is wrong with you, and you are going to have emergency heart catherization as soon as the ambulance gets you to the hospitral. The paramedic told me I had Ventricular Tachycardia, and the few he saw in the past had all flatlined. Now at this point I am really worried that this may be the end of me! I got to the hospital and the team was awaiting my arrival. They did a catherization through my right wrist. I felt nothing during the 45 minute procedure. When they wheeled me out the doctor was there. He told me my LAD was 100% blocked and my right side was 70% blocked, and after placing 4 stents, I was stable. He asked me how I felt, I felt great and said I was ready to get up and leave. Not so fast was his answer. I spent 3 days in ICU. They really took good care of me, but I was ready to leave. I now weigh 168 down from 193. I exercise everyday, I try to eat clean, but sometimes I fail at this task. I hope exercise can make up for my eating mistakes. I was never a smoker so that part I didnt have to deal with. I sometimes get stressed and depressed because I hope I can live a long life even though I live with 4 stents, this worries me greatly. I am also the caregiver for my wife who has mild cognitive impairment, no short term memory anymore. I have to live for her and myself and some days are not easy. I am now just taking it one day at a time, but I always pray for good days. I know I am blessed beacuse the good lord is with me always. This is my story. I look forward to any and all comments. Thank You. Don P.
2 Comments
  • danmi91
    danmi91,
    Hi Don, You're doing great. Prayers do help. My husband has CoA and our life changed suddenly. All worries, fears, anxieties came,
  • pinkybear0913
    pinkybear0913,
    your trying to keep your self healthy great job there's plenty of advantages to never smoke that really plays a big part don't worry god will be with you keep up the good work
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