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    have you ever had a heart attack?

    i'm wondering what it is like, and how you felt at the time, and how you feel about life now?

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    Never had one....

    Please tell me you are not having exertional anterior chest pain radiating to your jaw and down your left arm!!!

    Never had one, but have taken care of many, many who have over the last 31 years. Most have described it as an elephant sitting on their chest. Most are scared sxxtless, and cannot breathe. My Dad, when he had his at age 83 while mowing my sister's lawn, said it was the worst pain he had ever had in his life. However, it did not stop him from finishing the lawn! Can't tell you how many times a large, teary-eyed guy has come into my office afterwards and said that he wished he had listened to me about the cholesterol, diet and exercise. Most have a renewed love for life, and change their lifestyle. Some fall into depression. Some initially improve lifestyles, but fall back into the fast food and couch potato style which got them there in the first place.

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    Yes, Christmas Eve 2005. Resulted in quadruple bypass surgery.

    I am probably not a good respondent to the second part of your question as it was not the psychological life event that it is for others. It was just another event in my life. I am a multi time cancer survivor prior to the heart issues. In either case how I prioritize has changed over time in part as a result of these events. You are a victum of a heart attack if you die or if you survive and choose to be. Life can be very good if you choose it.

    Physically if you have questions if you are having or have had one here is a link to the American Heart Association website and their information on Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs.


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    If you think you are and are not sure, stop reading now and go to the ER! NOW!

    If the question is less acute, last November i went to the ER at 3 in the morning thinking something bad had happened. Chest pain, had felt crappy for a month, and had a violent shaking episode that lterally kept me from speaking clearly. Thought I had a stroke (I have high blod pressure, controlled now by medication). Turns out I had pneumonia and really acute acid reflux at the same time. Who knew? The 2 together had some weird symptoms. But vert scary stuff.

    If you are concerned, see a doctor.

    Did I mention, don't be a hero and see a doctor?
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    i'm sick of this site castorating me like i'm in the stallag, so i will be a man and do my own open heart surgery at home!



    guys - i'm not sick, not in poor health, or any of that. no problems whatsoever [knocks wood.]

    i was sitting at my desk this morning and just imagining that i suddenly had a heart attack. i was pretending. i imagined how it would feel and what i would think and what my emotional response would be, and i wondered if i was on the money or not. (hopefully i will never know.) but it really got me thinking, and i realized that i had never spoken to anyone who had a heart attack about what it was like in the moment. i want to know how painful it is, and how scary it is. i also expect to hear some folks say that they wandered around for a day or so before they realized something was wrong. but i want to hear about it, not speculate.

    just a thought experiment, not a problem.

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    heart attack

    In November 2006 I returned home from the Sun Your Buns Rally. While I was folding my tent I felt a pain in the chest, radiating down the arms, got hot and started sweating. I told my wife to call the paramedics and start feeding me aspirin. Within 10 minutes the EMS crew was on hand, more aspirin, nitro paste and off to the hospital. My Internal Med specialist met me at the door, took one look at the EKG the EMS crew had transmitted, and told the attending that I had a heart attack and get me prepped for transport to the local Cardiac Cath Lab. In the interim he summoned a Cardiologist who told me he would do a cath as soon as I got to the other hospital.

    Within an hour I had a stent installed to open a 95% blockage in the main artery. Two nights in the hospital to rest and four weeks off the bike. Five weeks later I rode 300 miles to the Florida Winter Rally and have been OK since.

    Moral of the story: get help soon and listen to your doctors.

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    Pain varies with each case. I had none.

    I went into the ED because of pneumonia. I get it easily because of my past medical history. I was still having breathing problems my current bout of the stuff. Called my on call doc and was told to go to the ED and have them check me out. I did.

    They took blood and sent it off to the lab and continued my check up. In trots a doc with some staff looked at me and said, Mr Mika you‘«÷re having a heart attack and we are taking you to critical care.

    I don‘«÷t remember being particularly scared. I probably was. I worked in hospital administration for a number of years so I was familiar with what was going on. It was more like having a road side break down on the bike. Okay what is broken, can it be fixed and if so what do we have to do. Now do it.

    They stabilized me and dealt with the pneumonia. I flunked the angio and had bypass surgery.

    After the surgery my pain was from the surgery wounds not my heart. As soon as I was back in my room and the nurse checked me out I was up walking.

    It has changed my life I am have no doubts, but I have some difficulty explaining how. Now it is like another one of the bunch in the helmet. We take care of each other and keep on going down the road together.

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    My dad's felt like indegestion.

    When my Dad had his heart attack, he thought it was bad indegestion but my Mom insisted he get looked at. He had never had, and there is no family history of, Coronary Artery disease. Turned out he had a tumor in his colon that caused a blood clot that got to his heart. If he hadn't had the heart attack, he wouldn't have known he had cancer (till later although, unfortunately in this case,t was already to late).

    Heart attacks exhibit in a number of different ways, including the elephant on my chest feeling. If something doesn't feel right, have it checked, you never know what's going on. Maybe nothing or could be an indicator of something serious.

    Of course, we guys in particuliar, don't want to be perceived as hypochondriacs so we tend to ignore the signals till we can't ignore them any longer, like cause we're dead.

    Perhaps not the smartest choice.
    Steve Marquardt

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    Three things to factor in to your heart health

    Wow. After reading these posts, makes me glad I started working out, my cholesterol is just alright (good/bad thing I don't quite understand).

    Every male on both sides over the last three generations all dropped dead of heart stuff in their 70's so at least I have 20 more years. But then again, all of those old duffs

    #1. Always ate hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have a salad on my plate tonight. Lunch? gimmie a break, thats a walk and a cliff bar! Breakfast? A old bagel, no nothing on top, just a damn bagel. I totally blew it at the ADV rally and literally stuffed my face, so this week I pay!

    #2 Never cared a lick for self improvement They never never quit anything until it was too late. Smoked drank and ate like they were supemen!

    #3 None of them ever relaxed a day in their life. work, work, work, then retire, then drop dead. My middle name IS "screw off on a motorcycle" Go play!




    Next step for me is to go on a eating disorder/starvation diet so I can get down to KBasa'a weight.



    Just joking. K, you look just fine; I'm just jealous!

    Red

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    Heart Attack

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    Update: Heart Attack

    Quote Originally Posted by jgarrard3ATL View Post
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    False alarm. Note to self: No more burritoes for lunch.

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    I haven't had a heart attack, but in 12/99 at the age of 48 I came awful close. I had chest pain walking 60 feet to the mail box if the air was cool. Pain in both arms and a metallic taste. I contributed this to Christmas stress. I could sit and it would go away. This went on for about 3 weeks. Christmas eve night I had to sit in my room for around 20 minutes for it to go away. I came out and let my grandson open his presents early. Christmas day I was fine and the weather was warm. On the day after Christmas I picked my grandson up to put him in a swing and pain drove me to my knees and I had my son take me to the DR. I was pain free by the time I got to the Dr office. He recommended a heart cath, I said to give me antacids. When he went to get me samples, I looked at my son and said "What the heck, I gonna have it done sooner or later." Doc came back and I said set it up. Luck would have it that Arkansas' busiest cardiologist was open the next morning.

    Angioplasty and a stent in my right coronary artery which was 95% plugged. He said I probably would have had a probable fatal heart attack within 48 hours. My sister who was married to Arkansas foremost heart surgeon was watching with his nurse. The nurse said that with this much blockage, they would try to dissolve it and stent it later. She was surprised that he started the angioplasty. When she asked the cardiologist why he did not wait, he said I did not have the time to wait.

    Wasn't my time, I guess.

    I lost 50 pounds and started exercising and eating right. I have put 10 or so back on and lumbar arthritis has cut me back some on the exercising.

    Ralph Sims
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    It seems like all guys have responded. But, it's important to note that women typically have a different responses than men. Many women just have symptoms of an upset stomach. My maternal grandmother had an upset stomach for a day or so. She thought she just had a stomach bug. She went to lie down on the couch while my grandfather was doing some chores, and had another massive one. This is when I learned that not all people have the "standard" pain shooting down the arm, and women experience this even less. This info is about 10-14 years old, so perhaps there's more up to date info.
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    i'm sick of this site castorating me like i'm in the stallag, so i will be a man and do my own open heart surgery at home!



    guys - i'm not sick, not in poor health, or any of that. no problems whatsoever [knocks wood.]

    i was sitting at my desk this morning and just imagining that i suddenly had a heart attack. i was pretending. i imagined how it would feel and what i would think and what my emotional response would be, and i wondered if i was on the money or not. (hopefully i will never know.) but it really got me thinking, and i realized that i had never spoken to anyone who had a heart attack about what it was like in the moment. i want to know how painful it is, and how scary it is. i also expect to hear some folks say that they wandered around for a day or so before they realized something was wrong. but i want to hear about it, not speculate.

    just a thought experiment, not a problem.
    damn....

    not a problem for you perhaps...

    RM

    time to review altenative measures...

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