Sep 26
debrich
debrich , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

MyStory

I was working in a high volume, stressful office. I noticed that I was having trouble breathing, but I brushed off to stress - especially since I had a slight history of anxiety attacks. For 3 weeks, my shortness of breath became increasingly more frequent, I literally couldn't walk from my car to the office without getting out of breath. I left work that Thursday afternoon, thinking the weekend would give me the chance to relax... the following day, I was at the supermarket and I knew something wasn't right. I left my cart at the store & walked into my Dr's office (which happened to be right across the street). I had an EKG done in the office, but it showed nothing abnormal. Fortunately for me, my Dr knew something wasn't right and didn't discard what I was feeling - so she sent me immediately to a cardiologist office. After a multitude of tests & Dr appts, a heart cath revealed that I had a 99% blockage in my RCA - at 42 years old!  I was rushed to the hospital and had a stent placed that night. My cardiologist told me that if I had not gone to the dr when I did, I probably would not have survived the heart attack that was waiting for me. I had no health problems previously,  other than being overweight, only a long family history of heart disease. I was released the following day and boy did I feel great! I didn't realize how crummy I felt for so long, until I felt better....

If I can give anyone out there any advice, it's LISTEN TO YOUR SYMPTOMS!  Had I not finally given in to how I felt, I might not be typing this blog. Since my surgery, I walk 2-3 miles pretty much every day (sometimes even in the rain), my husband and I go hiking and do 5k races on a regular basis, plus I've lost 60 lbs. My only regret is that I didn't go to the Dr sooner!
 
4 Comments
  • Kerstin Wiggins
    Kerstin Wiggins,
    debrich, thank you so much for sharing your story! It's just an important reminder for us all to listen to our bodies!
  • debrich
    debrich,
    It sure is!! I'm glad we're all here to share our story!
  • charly
    charly,

    My name is Charly and I have had 2 heart attacks and a mini stroke since 2003. I chalked chest pains up to heart burn, until the heart burn didnt go away. Its a very long story, so I will try to cut short. I now have 6 stents. My next to last stent, I didnt really feel any better afterwards. I was short winded. My "doctor" said give it time. Well its been 4 years since I had that stent. I have still been short winded since then. I have told my Cardiologist , but its sorta like talking to the wall. He says well the stress test was fine. How could any heart test be ok the way I was so short winded. ?  I had Pulmonary test...nothing.  So, now this is really gonna sound weird. I would sometimes walk up my steps at home and when I would get to the top step, that was it, I would almost pass out. I had to be completly still and try to catch my breath and then I would loose all control of my bladder and pee all over my self, not because of leaky bladder which I had also, but not as bad as peeing all over my self. This was like a seizure or something simular. I would be fine after I finally got my breath back and got dry pants on, lol. But no one has ever talked about it. I dont think they ever heard of anyone experiencing it. So, I had the incontinence surgery, and it was great, but I still had two more experiences with my bladder having a mind of its on. Then in 2016 I started having chest pains and bad shortness of breath. This was the most painful stay in the Hospital I have ever had. BP very high 200/112. They put me on a nitro drip. I really thought I was gonna die. My chest was paining so bad, and the nitro had my head hurting so bad, I could hardly function. It was a Horrible experience. My cardiologist finally got there and gave me a heart cath and said I need a stent. So when that was over, when you wake up from a stent placement, you usually feel a lot better. Well my head was still just pounding, it hurt so bad, I was still short of breath, bad.  Even after I went home I was still so short of breath.  Dr seemed to think it would go away.  It was like he put a stent in, so his job was over....

    You guys know how it is when you know something is wrong, but they cant really find anything that makes sence. So they tell you to go to your regular Dr. Anyway thats where I am now. I know I have a blockage of some kind. I should not feel like I cant get enough air, unless I have COPD or something.

    I am 65 years old, I should not feel out of breath walking across the street to mail box. And have no energy to even clean my house.

    I am from Tyler Texas. If anyone knows a good cardioligist in this area that treats his patience until he makes them feel ok if possible. I would sure appreciate the help. I also need to loose about 40 lbs. But I love food. Any diet ideas. I know I would feel better at a lighter weight. Thanks for listening.

  • charly
    charly,

    My name is Charly and I have had 2 heart attacks and a mini stroke since 2003. I chalked chest pains up to heart burn, until the heart burn didnt go away. Its a very long story, so I will try to cut short. I now have 6 stents. My next to last stent, I didnt really feel any better afterwards. I was short winded. My "doctor" said give it time. Well its been 4 years since I had that stent. I have still been short winded since then. I have told my Cardiologist , but its sorta like talking to the wall. He says well the stress test was fine. How could any heart test be ok the way I was so short winded. ?  I had Pulmonary test...nothing.  So, now this is really gonna sound weird. I would sometimes walk up my steps at home and when I would get to the top step, that was it, I would almost pass out. I had to be completly still and try to catch my breath and then I would loose all control of my bladder and pee all over my self, not because of leaky bladder which I had also, but not as bad as peeing all over my self. This was like a seizure or something simular. I would be fine after I finally got my breath back and got dry pants on, lol. But no one has ever talked about it. I dont think they ever heard of anyone experiencing it. So, I had the incontinence surgery, and it was great, but I still had two more experiences with my bladder having a mind of its on. Then in 2016 I started having chest pains and bad shortness of breath. This was the most painful stay in the Hospital I have ever had. BP very high 200/112. They put me on a nitro drip. I really thought I was gonna die. My chest was paining so bad, and the nitro had my head hurting so bad, I could hardly function. It was a Horrible experience. My cardiologist finally got there and gave me a heart cath and said I need a stent. So when that was over, when you wake up from a stent placement, you usually feel a lot better. Well my head was still just pounding, it hurt so bad, I was still short of breath, bad.  Even after I went home I was still so short of breath.  Dr seemed to think it would go away.  It was like he put a stent in, so his job was over....

    You guys know how it is when you know something is wrong, but they cant really find anything that makes sence. So they tell you to go to your regular Dr. Anyway thats where I am now. I know I have a blockage of some kind. I should not feel like I cant get enough air, unless I have COPD or something.

    I am 65 years old, I should not feel out of breath walking across the street to mail box. And have no energy to even clean my house.

    I am from Tyler Texas. If anyone knows a good cardioligist in this area that treats his patience until he makes them feel ok if possible. I would sure appreciate the help. I also need to loose about 40 lbs. But I love food. Any diet ideas. I know I would feel better at a lighter weight. Thanks for listening.

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