Jun 25
rlhirt
rlhirt , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Why?

Both of my parents took care of themselves, exercised and ate right but both died of heart conditions.  They did smoke when they were younger but both quit. I have never smoked.  I am afraid the same will happen to me.  How did the doctors not know that their arteries were blocked?  Both were under the care of cardiologists.  I try to eat right and exercise too but am worried that my arteries might be clogging?  I even take a statin and baby aspirin.  My twin brother had a scare a couple of years ago and has a stint in one of his arteries.
  • DenisPopp1
    DenisPopp1,
    Why? Tough question.... Because is a terrible answer. Healthy people a always surprised even when there is family history. What can you do walk, play, exercise and most of all don't waste time tell and be with those you love. See you Dr. regularly and listen to him and your body. STRESS is the big killer in all of this. Use prayer and meditation take stock of the goodness anf beauty around you. I am aheart patient and have gotten to the point of needing a transplant. Iknow it will come if in Gods plan. Be well, Seek the Good and Praise it loudly . Denis
  • arnieandcaroline13
    arnieandcaroline13,
    Please send this information to the Veterans Medical Centers about American Heart Association they need help like I do Thanks....Best Regards if I had a Printer i would.
  • KITTY23
    KITTY23,
    AFTER I HAD MY FIRST HEART ATTACK MY DOCTORS TOLD ME MY ARTERIES WERE CLOGGED AND WHAT TO DO TO FIX THEM. I GAVE UP ALL GREASY FOODS, NO MORE JUNK FOOD NO MORE CANNED FOOD, NO MORE BOXED FOOD ALL FRESH VEGGIES AND FRUITS . AFTER MY FOURTH HEART ATTACK THE DOCTORS TOLD ME MY ARTERIES WERE CLEAR. AND THEY PUT A PACEMAKER IN AND I HAVE NEVER FELT BETTER. I WALK A COUPLE MILES A DAY , I DO SOME WORK OUTS BUT NOT A LOT. DON'T WORRY JUST BE HAPPY IF SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN IT WILL HAPPEN NO MATTER WHAT.
  • Bluestarmom
    Bluestarmom,
    17 months ago, no one was more surprised than I when my primary admitted me for cardiac tests because my ekg looked really funky. The next day, during a cardiac catheter test, the cardiologist found 5 blocked arteries....3 of them 100% blocked, a 90% blockage, and a 70% blockage. He said, 'I don't know why you haven't had a massive heart attack but you didn't and we can fix this. Two stents, with a lot of exercise, and now a healthier diet, my stress test and echo cardiogram done last week show that my heart is pumping blood just fine...even in the 70% blocked non stented artery, it flows freely. Why? I have known from the diagnosis that I am not lucky, though some would call it that. I walk in the grace of God. Pure and simple, He wants me here for something and only He knows what. But I am a better wife, mom, grandma, friend, and Christian because of it. That's my why....and I will never stop giving thanks. Maybe, like me, your parents didn't have noticeable symptoms, or they were atypical like mine. Or maybe your parents had symptoms and were afraid they would need major heart surgery. I'm sorry for your loss, and for the questions you have about 'why?' Denis put it perfectly - see your doctor, DON'T stress!! Exercise, eat healthy, and never forget to tell your loved ones that you love them. I almost didn't get the chance to do it again. Make the most of every single day. Blessings, Sue
  • Bobcat
    Bobcat,
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  • fluffy
    fluffy,
    I think it's always surprising when everything has been 'fine', then: Blockages!! After my EKG showed an infarct (silent heart attack), I changed to a Cardiologist I could talk to.....Had a "Calcium MRI' which on a scale of Zero to 400, showed a score of "33'. I thought that sounded good, but Cardio's PA told me that 'only Zero is a good score' 33 shows that I have atherolsclerosis. I am wondering 'where' the buildup of plaque is, and is the only kind of test to be done to show 'WHERE': Would that be an Heart Catheterization? I don't think I have had enough symptoms/trauma for insurance to warrant this, but I will ask for Heart Cath. I do so terribly want to know "where" the buildup is.....Working on diet (which wasn't bad) and exercise, but my father had his first heart attack at age 40, then 2 more over the years, then a debilitating Stroke at age 68 yrs., that left him disabled for 11 years. I want to do everything I can to NOT repeat my Dad's history.....Mother had 69% blockage of Carotid and an enlarged heart......IS asking for an Heart Cath....unreasonable?
  • wh
    wh,
    Follow your heart and do what you need to do. My Dad died of an aorta aneurysm and I was told to have my aorta checked also. I went for an ultrasound and they found nothing. Six months ago I had a brain aneurysm burst resulting in a stroke. I wasn't checked for brain aneurysm but would have died if my boyfriend (who died of a massive heart attack while I was in the hospital) hadn't gotten me to the hospital quickly! Good luck to you!
  • Bevrly
    Bevrly,
    I was just diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes so have to watch my carbs pretty close. I really like bread so that is hard. I seldom eat dessert and don't miss it. I do eat fruit and lots of vegetables which I like. I also go to the YMCA 3 days a week and work out on 8 machines and do 1 hour of Aqua Zumba each day also. I have been doing this for 7 years now. I also mow my lawn of almost an acre and do my own housework. I am 85 and getting along quite well. I can do a lot more since going to the YMCA. My Mother had heart problems with heart attacks and at least one stroke so i am trying to not have the same problems. Good luck to you. Beverly aqua
  • LesterS
    LesterS,
    Although fear may creep in sometimes. But it does not have to hold us captive. Worry and fear cause more physical ailments. Just because a relative had a disease does not mean you will have it. By the a grace and Mercy of God, you can cast your cares upon the Lord, for He will sustain you. Since faith comes by continual hearing the Word of God through the Written Word--inside the Bible.through Christian tapes/books/streamlining Messages by people such as Kenneth Copeland/Mark Hankin/Jerry Savelle/ Bishop TDJakes/Pastor Sandra Kennedy/Pastor Sheryl Brady. the Word of God you plant in your heart will go to war with your feelings and thought life that is contrary to what The Lord has said, Believe me! the Word of God really does work in or lives. Pray always about the doctor you choose. Ask the Lord to send you the best ones. The Lord will direct your paths, Get both King James Version of the Bible and the Amplified Bible, Pray before you read-ask for guidance from the Lord, May the Lord richly bless you and guide you every step in your challenges. Gale
  • purple heart
    purple heart,
    Fear can take over your life so be careful to not let that happen to you! You need to take care of yourself and be positive at all times. I am the only one of six children to have a cardiac arrest!! My siblings all got there hearts checked! One has an enlarge heart like mine. Instead of living in fear they are all living their lives full of happiness and love! We have no time to waste! I have talked to my children and told them to take care of themselves! I know it can be hard to let go of fear! After 16 years I am finally living with out it! Well Most of the time . I have to go Monday for an echo!! I always fear they will see something bad! I too have to remind myself every day to stop the bad thoughts and fear! I tell myself to look at the positive!!! Good luck!
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