Aug 29
adawg , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog


Good evening,

So I had a heart attack in May of 2016.  100% Blockage of the RCD and 100% Blockage of the Cirrcumflex Branch.  The RCD has since been opened. 2 stents placed.  The other blockage is still there after 3 attempts. It is in a very difficult location and calcified.  My job is one that requires a great deal of service to adults, students and individuals that I supervise.  I have recently returned to work and I'm having a difficult time adjusting due to my cirrcumsatnces.  I'm basically freaked out by the facts.  Working 14 hour days, being a great father & husband of 4 kids at 45 years old.  I'm a mess to be honest.....petrified of what can happen.  Has anyone been in a similar situation and what did you do to get through it?  I have lost 32 pounds and the colleteral vessels are feeding my left ventrical apparently enough to warrant my return to workplace.
  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    Thank you so much for sharing your story! It sounds like you've got a lot on your plate...I imagine there are many people here who can relate to these feelings of being scared and overwhelmed. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to read through the Heart Attack discussions and post any questions you might have there. I wish you the best of luck and thank you for willing to be open and honest.
  • MunnaKabir

    hanks for sharing the article, and more importantly, your personal experienceMindfully using our emotions as data about our inner state and kno vidmate wing when it’s better to de-escalate by taking a time out are great tools. Appreciate you reading and sharing your story, since I can certainly relate and I think others can too

  • EricS


    I'm also 45 and had my heart attack in December and it was life altering! I won't pretend I have it as hard as you in a multitude of ways. First I only had two clogged arteries and one requiring a stent. I got medically retired for ptsd from service so I don't have the worries of providing. I am married with two kids and my job is just to take care of my health so I can be there for them as they would want for us. The things that I feel helped me the most is Cardiac rehab, excersizing regularly, a significant person in your life that you can honestly tell your fears, worries and **** that's on your mind and mindfulness. The one thing I would tell you is that your health should be number one and do what ever you can to help yourself because we can't help anyone if we are in the dirt! It would be alot harder on them if we aren't here at all. Take care my friend and feel free to write me back for any questions or to vent.


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