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Posted: 9/24/2005 12:32:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:35:08 PM EDT
Find a good cardiologist, and take whatever medicine and advice he gives you religiously. Avoid stressfuld situations, even if it means finding a new job. Avoid certain types of foods. At the first symptom (pain shooting down the left arm, irregular heart beats or chest pain), go to the ER -- do not live in denial like I did when the symptoms started, it could get you dead.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:36:43 PM EDT
no such animal as a minor heart attack
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:38:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Well, yours truly ended up taking a trip with blue lights and outriders to the ER on Wednesday morning.

I was having a major argument with the boss when the world went tits up and I ended up in a soggy heap. Paramedics arrived asap and did the usual and packed me into the back into the ambulance. Wired for sound and shitloads of tests and injections later I was diagnosed with a minor heart attack and discharged Friday evening from the Cardiac unit, more tests to follow…

So, anybody else been down this road? Any pointers?

ANdy


You feeling better Andy?

I've never heard of a "minor" heart attack.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:41:03 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:52:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 12:57:31 PM EDT by Merrell]
Change your diet, change your life - avoid stress, stressful people, stressful situations, Doc will probably put you on a low-salt, low-fat, low cholesterol diet (not as bad as it sounds, easy if you or the Mrs. does a lot of home cooking - tougher if you eat out a lot)

Depending on precisely what happened, they may put you on meds (325 mg aspirin, plavix, lipitor all sorts of fun things) and will check progress on regular blood tests. You may carry nitro tablets or an inhaler. Might want to learn a few basic medical tasks (how to take your BP for one, Lumiscope makes some handy electronic testers that are reasonably accurate - although should be checked against the Doc's)

Do learn about the warning signs and do take them seriously, you can be a dead tough guy or a living wimp (by going to the hospital when you feel things going wrong) Don't overexert yourself and heed your Doc's advice on any exercise programs.

Sometimes a little heart attack earlier is better than the big one later - you likely have a chance to change your habits and avoid the latter.

Good luck!




ETA: Find something soothing for a hobby, fish can be very relaxing, or gardening, or classical music.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:56:36 PM EDT

Agreed, "minor" is usually just "one you live through".

On the bright side, the boss might be really hesitant to stress you out from now on. Any time he gets on your ass, you can grab your shoulder and grimace. It'll probably give him a stress heart attack.

On the serious side, you've gotten good advice already. Find a cardiologist whom you can trust with your life, because that's what you're doing, and then do what he/she says.

Jim
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:01:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:03:35 PM EDT
Sorry to hear of your health problems. I hope all goes well for you.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:03:45 PM EDT
If it happened on the job diring a major argument, you need to call a worker's comp attorney and file a Form 3 (whay they call it in Oklahoma, don't know about GBR.)

In Oklahoma, that is considered to be a work related injury and is often compensable. You may also receive Temporary-Total Disability (TTD) benefits for the time you are off work.

This is not bullshi'ite.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:05:10 PM EDT
They stuck the catheter up my femoral artery all the way up into my heart. It was mental torture up until the time they injected liquid valium into my arm. I clearly remember the point where I changed from being freaked out to "I don't give a dang".
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:06:30 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hawker:
no such animal as a minor heart attack


A big +1 on that. Glad you're doing well!

Now take care of yourself, dammit!!!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:09:25 PM EDT
Do they know the cause - blockages in the arteries taking oxygenated blood to the heart muscles, or is it something else, such as some sort of irregularity caused by disrupted nerve signals that trigger the heartbeats?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:12:37 PM EDT
Andy, what do you do for a living? If your job is stressing you out maybe you need to find a job that causes you less stress.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:16:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Hawker:
no such animal as a minor heart attack



something like 1/3 of all first time heart attacks are also the last.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:19:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Well, yours truly ended up taking a trip with blue lights and outriders to the ER on Wednesday morning.

I was having a major argument with the boss when the world went tits up and I ended up in a soggy heap. Paramedics arrived asap and did the usual and packed me into the back into the ambulance. Wired for sound and shitloads of tests and injections later I was diagnosed with a minor heart attack and discharged Friday evening from the Cardiac unit, more tests to follow…

So, anybody else been down this road? Any pointers?

ANdy



You are lucky. My father did not survive his first heart attack.

You have been given a wake-up call to get your shit straight for the sake of yourself and your loved ones......Do not waste the chance.


Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:21:16 PM EDT
An extremely small number of those who have a heart attack survive after receiving CPR even by trained people. PREVENTATIVE approach is the only approach.

BTW, an ASPIRIN a DAY makes a WORLD of difference -- ask any doctor. It may make the difference between life and death.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:23:49 PM EDT
Whatever you do take proper care of yourself, and follow the doc's advice.

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:35:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:
Thanks guys, good advice here. I'm due to see a Cardialogist in a weeks time and I'm off the the Navy Hospital for a Thallium Scan next week… sounds like fun.

Andy



Thallium stress test is not that big of a deal (radioactive dye that imaging picks up - tells the cardiologist areas that are recieving proper blood flow) - they will likely put you on a treadmill (getting resting & active images) but under the supervision of qualified staff should the old ticker act up while on the 'mill.

Cath lab (heart catheterization through the femoral artery) is also not that bad (IF they give you a good local first) - dignity is however not an option - they will shave the local area, and it is usually either a very cute nurse or a big wumpus - either way you get laid out spread eagled (and can watch the monitor if you like) of them poking about. If there is significant blockage (60-70%) of the coranary arteries, they can stent it (put in an internal expansion mesh) or angioplasty (blow up a balloon. Worst part is laying still on your back for 6-8 hours afterwards, and the local pressure required to stop the femoral artery from bleeding when they take the sheath out. Great fun.

You will also now have something to bore fellow travelers to tears with: "let me tell you about my medical problems..." you can say as they furiously try to operate the exit escape window mechanisms...

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 1:50:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jkstexas2001:
They stuck the catheter up my femoral artery all the way up into my heart.


I guess there are different Thallium tests.

I don’t even remember precisely what they did to me when I had one, but they didn’t do that (or I’d certainly remember it!!). IIRC they gave me a glass of milk to drink and then simply hooked me up to some sort of IV thing.

Also, I didn’t notice any effect at all from the thallium.

Anyway, +1 on avoiding stress.

I retired from a really high-stress job somewhat pre-maturely due, in part, to simply realizing that things weren’t working right with my body. An EKG taken a bit later proved I was right – and prompted the thallium test.

If I had stayed working, I’m pretty much convinced I wouldn’t have made it another year.

Good luck and listen to your cardiologist.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 2:25:00 PM EDT
There's no such thing as a small heart attack-that's med speak for you are going to have the big one in the near future if you don't do something about it.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 2:29:06 PM EDT
How old are you, Andy?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 2:36:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 2:36:49 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 2:56:30 PM EDT
As stated before, thallium test is a nuclear medicine test - no arterial puncture required.

Angiogram/PTCA - that's when they stick the big catheter in the femoral artery, thread a wire up to the heart, inject dye to take a look at the coronary arteries & their branches, and depending on degree of blockage, may elect to perform angioplasty, with or without a stent (drug-eluting or otherwise). If the blockages are too bad, you might end up in the OR for a bypass.

Post-ACS (Acute Coronary Syndrome <-- new buzz owrd) care is lifestyle modification (eat healthy, stop smoking, exercise, etc...) and whatever medications the cardiologist things you need ( Beta-blockers, anti-platelet agents, etc...)

Close follow up is definitely recommended - find a good cardiologist.

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 5:20:46 PM EDT
Take care of yourself broham and take this shit serious. In the last 3 weeks 2 of my buds died from a "first" heart attack---------43 and 44yr's old!

And for God's sake if you need a pacemaker make sure it's not a Lucas mfg'ed one...!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 5:28:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By vito113:

Originally Posted By Greywolf2112:
How old are you, Andy?



46…

Somewhat 'hefty'… 5'11", 205lbs… don't smoke, cholestrol is OK, blood suger spikes though, hypertension for which I take Atenolol. Drive a desk for the British Navy, Departmental Manager, had to put in a 12 hr day on Monday, 17 hour day Tuesday…meltdown on Wednesday.

ANdy



Andy I'm so sorry to hear this. Just after all the shit with your leg too.
I'm an Ex Union Steward

If your job is causing you stress....no matter how little, your Employer has a "DUTY" to reduce it.
I'm assuming you would be with the IPMS

No(desk) job is worth dying over.

Get Well good friend

Taffy
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 5:29:15 PM EDT
My Father had a relatively "minor" heart attack, he detected the symptoms coming on and got his ass to the hospital. He was lucky as there was no heart muscle damage, he ended up with a couple of stints.

My brother had a similar situation as yours but it ended up being an anxiety attack that mimicked a heart attack to a tee.

Hope you feel better Andy.
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