Jun 13
BettyGorby
BettyGorby , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Heart attack by spraining ankle gardening

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I'm am a seemingly healthy 42 yr old woman who just a month before my 42 birthday was helping plant my terminal grandmothers garden and in the midst of  moving to another spot of the garden to proceed planting I twisted my ankle and went down and within 20 minutes of going down I had a sharp pain in the back of my shoulder that moved my neck and then my chest and ended up into a massive heart attack was not rushed to the hospital the EMTs took their time did the speed limit gave me no medical treatment in the ambulance and at the hospital was given a 5% chance of coming out of the cardisc cath lab alive. I want my life back. The depression and anxiety is beyond what I can handle. I take my prescribed medications faithfully but still deal with random pains in my chest and back to the point it's absolutely terrifying. Any suggestions or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. I start cardiac rehab this Wednesday 6 weeks after my myocardial infarction that left me with a stent in my LAD. Thanks for listening. The fear is overwhelming.

5 Comments
  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie,
    Thank you so much for sharing your survivor journey with us. The depressions, anxiety, and fear are topics of conversation that appear on the site a great deal of the time. We do have a special section of the Support Network, https://supportnetwork.heart.org/connect-with-people-like-me/emotional-well-being/ where you can post and share as well. Please know that you are not alone, that we are here with you and understand what you are going through. Good luck with Cardiac Rehab. We would love to know what you think about your rehab sessions. Best, Katie
  • Agrestal
    Agrestal,
    I have had ten procedures to date. The comment I really want to address is the one about wanting your life back. This is a reframing process: letting go of what was and building yourself up as much as possible. Everyone gets older and sometimes limitations redefine us. Its okay. Give yourself a big hug, you deserve it! Congratulations for coming here and telling your story. It helps everyone! FYI: it is quite common to have little pains around your heart: its part of the healing process. Yes, it is overwhelming. My first surgery was a quadruple bypass in 2003. (just before my 49th birthday) but I am still here today. Just keep going, one step at a time. :) And don't let the depression and anxiety win, it doesn't work with the long term game plan!
  • rainey210
    rainey210,
    Hi I can relate also because I am a 57 year old healthy female who suffered an acute heart attack also. Luckily the ambulance came quickly, but it was so sudden and intense that it damaged my heart. I now have CHF stage two. I have pain in my chest every day and it increases with the little bit of activity that I do. I continue to take my meds, eat healthy especially watch and look at the sodium levels on everything. I live alone, so it can be scary. I have changed my lifestyle immensely. Have reduced my activity level down to more than 50% because when attempting to do everyday task, I become short of breathe and increased pain in my chest. I go through depression, it usually will last me no more than a week. Seem to come out of it and then go back into it. This is recent with me also. My heart attack was in April, 2017. I am a positive person on the norm. Have plenty of friends and family to support me. Although my family is on the northeast and I am here in Florida, I speak with them multiple times a week. I find keeping my mind in a relaxed, positive state and staying away from people with drama and issues is best for me. I work from home, so I do not have pressure there. financial hardship is a factor with me, but I take it very lightly now. I do what I can do. It's all about attitude and being thankful that God chose to keep us alive. I sometimes think of worse scenarios with others. Especially young, sick children, our young Men and Women risking their lives to protect our Country and people. It's then when I realize that my situation could be worse or as sad as theirs. I hope that this brings you some comfort. I realize how hard it is to adjust to especially when you are young and healthy. Stay focused and be positive and continue to lead a healthy lifestyle is what is best for people who suffer this disease. Lots of prayers to you. Lorraine - Delray Beach Florida :)
  • cdameron
    cdameron,
    Yes, I remember the fear! While I am much older than you, I had been teaching full time and doing pretty much everything I wanted when I had my heart attack. I was the resistant type, having gone to urgent care I was thinking my problem was asthma... not so much. My daughter drove me to the hospital, I hung around the emergency room, checked in to the hospital and was whisked to the cath lab after a very uncomfortable night. The nurse encouraged my cardiologist to do angioplasty because my blood tests were way out of whack. Three stents later, I found my answer. I was mystified by the whole thing and when I got home I was terrified. I did go back to work for a short time but found the rigors too much for my body. I experienced a lot of anxiety and found heart attack treatment for women very condescending. It was like, I should get better and do it faster! I was not prescribed cardiac rehab (part of that lack of treatment thing) but after a year of anguish with my condition and the side effects of my medication I started walking three miles a day. The result has been worth all the effort. I feel better and am less anxious. I still don't feel normal but I have found my new normal. What I am trying to tell you, in this round about way, is that you will make gains but it will take time and effort. I pray your fear will lessen as you feel more confident after rehab... in the meantime hang in there and know that you are not alone. There are quite a few of us! Remember this, the emergence room is just a phone call away if you need them.
  • cdameron
    cdameron,
    Agrestal, gosh I wish someone had told me about the normalcy of having pain around my heart while healing! Many thanks to you for saying that it is a relief even though it's in retrospect to my condition now. My doctor just looked at me blankly when I took my concern to him. Your comment is greatly appreciated!
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