Jun 17
adylanman , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Dazed and Confused

I suffered my first, and unexpected heart attack a week ago on Saturday.  I had spent the day outside doing yard work, felt great, came in, took a shower and layed down while my wife began cooking dinner.  I started experiencing chest pains and I walked into the kitchen and told my wife that I was experiencing some serious chest pain. She asked if she needed to call someone and I said lets wait a few minutes. I soon realized that these pains were more severe of my usual dull pains that I get occaisionally. Within 5 to 10 minutes she asked me again and I did not answer so she immediatly called 911.  I was air cared to Mercy Hospital and what a great job they did, I recieved two stints within 30 minutes of my arrival there.  My biggest concern is where do I go from here?  I got a list of meds to take and when to take them, I was told I had an appointment with a cardioligist in two and a half weeks and an appointment with my primary physician shortly after that.  I was told  to not  do stairs or drive for 2 days and take it easy with exercise until I seen my cardioligist.  Quite frankly I am going stir crazy.  I have started small things back into my routine, loading and unloading dishwasher, doing small things around the house, such as folding laundry etc.  My wife and teenager have had to absorb the jobs that I normally do like cutting grass, weedeating, and taking care of the lawn and garden.  I just wish that I had a clear cut list of does and don'ts but I imagine this can only be done on a case by case basis. 
  • BevPohlit
    Welcome to the survivors club! I was shocked last year when I had my heart attack. I was healthy, exercise, ate very healthy and still I had a heart attack. You don't have to become a couch potato until you see your doctor but, take it easy until you do. I highly recommend to do cardio rehab which your doctor can set up for you. I wish you well my friend
  • terranovalaw
    Indeed welcome to the club. It's much better than the non-survivors club. I had my MI Veterans Day 2014. 51 yo male with ten marathons under my belt, no family history and good bp/cholesterol etc. a stent to fix 100% LAD blockage. So, take your meds and know your meds. Take it slow until your MD appointment. You have been through a lot in a short period of time. Partipate in cardiac rehab if available. The rehab will gradually get you back to your normal activity level, educate you on importance of diet, exercise, medication, and stress management. You will also be with people who shared your experience and that is as important as the other components of rehab. I cleaned up my diet (which was not all that bad to begin with) religiously take the medication prescribed, and living my life. You will get there but in the short term, let your family handle your house and yard duties until the MD clears you, take it slow and most important, be grateful that you got treatment and are alive.
  • Rhesus
    It appears we're all living proof that it can happen to anyone. No risk factors here either. I'd just finished a half hour on the Stairmaster and was bench pressing when it hit. Helicopter-open heart- six bypasses. That was ten years ago and no recurrence. My main lesson was just how dangerous denial can be. I almost denied myself to death. My body wisdom has changed too. I've gravitated toward the organic, unprocessed, and proper foods without effort. Bacon still smells great but I'm not tempted. Hang in there.
  • Samantha1018
    They are right in that there is a process to which you can, and should, start doing things again. I had a 99% blockage and am now in cardiac rehab which is something I strongly suggest you look into and take. When I left the hospital - after 4 days in ICU and one day on the cardiac floor - they gave me a list/timetable of what I could and shouldn't do and the timeline that these activities can be returned to. Having a heart attack is not a small thing and it takes anywhere from 6 months upwards for your heart to heal. Listen to your cardiologist and I also STRONGLY suggest cardiac rehab!!
  • Helendee
    Ask about getting into cardiac rehab.
  • Limousineagent67
    Sorry to hear you had to go to Cath lab. In my case I went 8 times and they all failed. I just hadbypass surgery 2 weeks ago. Get into Cardiac Rehab. Follow the directions, take the meds and don't push it or you will end up like me. Bypass is no joke brother believe me. Best of luck and health to you.
  • Hbro 1
    Hbro 1,
    You only have a little time before you see your cardiologist. You can always call the Attending a Physician at the hospital or an NP at the hospital to get a little more clarification on what you can do. If they let you drive in two days they aren't overly concerned. I had 8&1/2 stents for 9 years ! They keep you feeling normal. Now you know the symptoms & will know to go in when you get Angina again. For now: -Keep a note pad & pen near you & write down your questions. - write down any weird symptoms you are experiencing (if any) & tell the Cardiologist & PC all of them - Do chores - gripoceries ( have someone with you to carry them)-, mail , paperwork , whatever to stay busy. - walk on flat for as long as you feel no symptoms You are going to do well or they wouldn't have waited 2+ weeks for you to see a Cardiologist !
  • connectcare
    I am shocked you were told you can drive within two days. I was told had my hospitalization had "gone according to plan", I wouldn't drive for three weeks. The rest and relaxation you give to yourself in these immediate days will pay off. Don't worry about the outside chores. If possible, hire someone to help. I still have a caregiver at Year Two. Honor your time with yourself. I hope all continues to go very well for you. Most of us didn't get good walk-out orders. Read, study, and be your own best advocate.
  • sandyeedwards
    Time is the biggest healer. Patience is difficult. My husband suffered a terrible side effect from a simple procedure. 2 months ago I was certain he would never be able to do anything and I would have to take care of everything. But he is healing and going to go back to work. One thing you should do is learn about the medicine you are taking. Learn about what type of heart attack you had. Learn about any procedure they are going to do. We were told over and over that the procedure my husband had was simple and no side effects. They were wrong. You need to be your own advocate
  • dora
    Welcome to the club! I too just experienced my first and hopefully last coronary blockage with a stent placement. Chest pain...I was shocked! However I was grateful for a second opportunity in life. However I wish a more comprehensive list of Do's and Don't were given by the hospital and medical profession. Low salts and fats diets....It seems everything has it. The question is how much is acceptable? What is the course of action? No diet guidance or cooking methods? Stress test authorization before cardio rehab program? Baseline is needed. One cardio physician stated I can go back to work asap. Another physician mandates taking 2 weeks off and recover! As far as driving no restriction was given. Common sense! However what we don't know can kill us. Yes we have to educate ourselves and be proactive and ask...brothers and sisters!
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