Sep 9
pamscha
pamscha , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

My fight against heart disease

My fight with heart disease began early one evening in January, 2000. I was sitting around watching tv when my left hand began hurting. I had just attended a class bout women's heart disease symptoms. I felt uneasy, so I chewed an aspriin, waited 5 minutes with no relief, chewed another aspirin, and called 911. When the paramedics arrived, they were unsure if I was having an attack, but took me to a hospital. Tests showed that it was an attack,  and 3 arteries were over 90% blocked. The next morning I had a double bypass done. I attended cardiac rehab, lost weight, controlled diabetes, etc., and did well for 12 years. Then the nurses at catdiac rehab found another problem-atrial and ventricular fibrillation. I saw my doctor, and was told not to put any stress on my heart. After 9 months of not stressing my heart, I opted to have a pacemaker and defibrillator implanted. That was 4 years ago, and so far I'm doing well. I returned to the cardiac rehab program, and I really love it there. The staff and other patients there give me the support I need, and I try to help other patients thee in return. I think we all need to help each other fight heart and stroke problems.
1 Comment
  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    You are so right -- being able to give and receive support is so important to our recoveries! Thank you for so much for sharing your story. I'm glad to hear that you're back in the cardiac rehab program, and I wish you the best of luck. Also, have you visited the My AFib Experience community? It's a great resource for anyone living with AFib. In case you're interested, here's the link-- http://myafibexperience.org/
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