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Old 05-29-2019, 03:13 PM   #1
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Heart attack, near miss

My wife, Cindy, and I had spent April on the east coast of Fl. from St.Augustine to Port St. Lucie. We were heading back to NJ on the morning of April 30. I told the DW that I didn't feel 'right'. Nothing I could put my finger on, just not right. We got into Ga. and decided to pull into the welcome center. I didn't have any of the 'classic' heart attack symptoms but I knew something wasn't right.
Got inside the welcome center, walked to the counter and asked the young lady to call me an ambulance. The EMT's were there within 5 minutes, had me wired for an EKG, told me I was having an heart attack. What do I want to do was the question, hospital was the answer.
Strapped to a gurney, loaded in the ambulance and off we went My wife got to ride shotgun (80-85 mph back to Jacksonville) They told me I was going to a teaching hospital (UF/Health) so the ER would be very busy, it was. Within 30 minutes of arrival I was getting a stent through my right wrist. The doctors told me I had a 'massive' heart attack. Had 100% blockage on the right side of my heart and 75% on my left. I got the second stent Thursday and was discharged Friday.
I'm passing this along as a heads up to all of us who are getting on in years, I'm 74. I had none of the classic sighs, I was VERY lucky. It would have been a mess had I had an issue at 60-65 mph. I'm a lucky guy.

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Old 05-29-2019, 03:25 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting this report and a heads-up to all of us. At the age of 72, I'm paying attention!

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Old 05-29-2019, 03:26 PM   #3
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Wow! Very glad to hear your "event" ended up the way it did. That was smart of you to decide to pull off the road when you did.

You still get to write more pages in your lifes book. Congratulations!
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:29 PM   #4
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Hope your recovery is swift and complete and you are able to get back to camping. Blessings to all.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:35 PM   #5
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Wow. Great you decided to seek help and it was available. Many tend to dismiss things as a bad day. Hope and prayers that you return to the "day prior" condition.
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:38 PM   #6
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Glad you are ok. Out of curiosity, do you do annual physicals? Not sure if they would catch anything like this which is what I am concerned with. I do but since my mom has had heart attacks as well, I just went in for some heart ultrasound workups including stress tests. My family practice Dr says they are a waste of time for someone like me but I did them anyway since they were free for me. I am 60 and do long distance cycling so I am pretty fit but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have a problem due to genetics.

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Old 05-29-2019, 05:29 PM   #7
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Glad to hear you caught it in time. Hope your recovery is quick and you're back on the road soon.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:13 PM   #8
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Super glad to hear you are OK.

I am a "Survivor" as well.

Unfortunately no stents, just a a quad bypass. I can thank my Dad for the genes that causes Coronary Artery Disease. Luckily I was at home which is only a dozen miles from a well recognized cardiac center in the local hospital.

Also luckily my problem was caught early. Only bad note on that is that due to an encounter with "V-Fib" while they were trying to insert a stent in my main artery I suddenly became "High Risk" and had to spend the next 8 days in the hospital. My surgery kept getting bumped and ended up being 4 days after I was admitted because others in worse shape were taking my slot in surgery.

In the end I was home 4 days after Surgery and have recovered beyond my Dr's expectations. I got the message from this that life is meant to be enjoyed and I intend to do so to the max.

Get out there and do the same.

Oh yeah, if you have any really bad habits it might be a good idea to lose them.

I had a guy working for me that smoked quite a bit, loved his food and drink. Wasn't really overweight but wasn't really active either. He had a mild attack and the Dr's installed a couple stents. He kept smoking and the rest.

After he quit and went into business for himself I was talking to him on the phone one day when he told me that he was "on the patch" trying to quit smoking. He found the patch annoying and would take it off, have a cigarette, then put the patch back on.

When I retired I lost track of him but then found from a mutual friend that his smoking finally won. He'd died from a massive heart attack.

You'd be amazed at the number of bad habits (according to the Dr's anyway) I've found less important than life. This fall is my second anniversary for the CABG and I intend to celebrate as many more as the creator gives me.

PS: my mini-rant is directed more to the smokers out there. Smoking was a major factor in my wife's passing as well as my former employee (and friend).

I'm sure some flames will be coming my way but I won't be using them to light up.
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:21 PM   #9
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Left Anterior Descending Myocardial Infarction, July 14, 2004............almost 15 years ago. This cool sounding name is otherwise known as "The Widowmaker". Only 4% of those who have it, live. I lived.

Two stents. Didn't have bypass, it would not have worked.....the damage was in the part of heart where the artery is largest, and bypass wouldn't have re-routed blood flow.....just laws of physics. So they put in 2 stents.

And I'm chasing Mama, and living well. In fact, it's 49 years for us, tomorrow. Every day is a gift.

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Sincerely glad this life event had the best possible outcome. My mother was a cardiac train wreck, my father completely the opposite. No clue yet which genes I got but I worry about this daily. My biggest fear is having something like this happen at 65MPH pulling the 5er. I don't have any real bad habits other than my Red Wine commitment (Napa Valley depends on me) so your experience is encouraging that maybe I'll get the yellow flag also. Full and speedy recovery, thanks for the heads up.

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