Mar 7
14ksmmtate , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Massive Heart Attack Survivor

I was vacationing in Florida, July 2015.  Had just Parasailed with my family and was back at our condo to eat and go to the beach.  I ate my lunch and sat in chair for a minute and noticed my left arm was hurting, right at the bend of my shoulder.  Pain went on for a while and I started sweating.  I knew something was wrong.  I've been around those with heart problems my whole life.  My husband took me to urgent care less than a block from our condo, they immediately did EKG and called ambulance.  They told me they thought it was my heart.....they knew.  20 people on me when I got to the er doors.  Wasn't in there 5 minutes and taken to Cath lab.  That's where I found out I was in an active heart attack.  I have 4 stents in my left coranary artery.  The dr told me another 10 minutes and there may have been a different outcome.  I'm 46 years old.  Heart problems run in my family.  My mother & father had it (they've passed now), brother got a pacemaker at 50.  And both my daughters have heart conditions, my oldest (22) has bicuspid aoric valve with an enlarged aorta.  My youngest (19) has very mild mitral valve prolapse.
  • Lace
    God Blessing Always
  • dphilli42
    Thank God you got to the cath lab when you did! How are you doing now?
  • xkro
    Yes indeed thank god you were aware and received prompt care. I know the feeling been there done that. You take care now.
  • jtcodrey
    I am so glad you listened to your body and got to medical help quickly. I had a similar event this past Thanksgiving weekend. I started throwing up, sweating profusely and then the horrible pain in my back, both arms and jaws. My husband was driving me to the hospital when I went into cardiac arrest and lost pulse. He rushed to ambulance entrance and a nurse was there on break. He grabbed my limp arm and yelled "no pulse". They worked on me for over a half hour and finally got me back but on life support and told my family that I had suffered a massive heart attack. Transported me to another hospital with a cath lab and discovered I had a 100% blockage in my RCV, put in a stent and I woke up in ICU with no memory of any of what happened to me beyond riding in the car to the hospital. Grateful to be alive and looking back on the month before the heart attack I wish I had paid attention to some minor warning signs that I passed off as being tired or turning 50. Now I am getting to know my body and listening to it. I hope that you continue to heal and regain the life you had before. I am less than four months post and still struggling to feel right again. Back at work and doing normal things, but more slowly and get out of breath sometimes.
  • Sownman
    Congrats on your outcome.
  • 14ksmmtate
    Thank you for the comments! dphilli42 I have good days and bad days. I'm tired every day. My EF is 50 so I don't know if its because of my heart or if I'm just not getting enough sleep since I don't sleep well. I went back to work full time 2 months after and honestly I feel like it's too much. Now I'm always fearful of having another heart attack, feels like it never leaves my mind. I have a home gym so I try to work out at least 3 times a week.
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