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Posted by kwassa in The DU Lounge
Thu Jan 21st 2010, 12:34 PM
got good medical attention, had a stent placed in a heart artery through a catheter, and am now recuperating at home.

I am looking for some DU feedback from members here who have also had heart attacks, and maybe situations like mine.

Up to now I thought I was in great health. I am a 57 year-old male, in good shape, very active, and have none of the major risk factors involved in heart disease. No one else in my extended family has any history of heart problems. My parent's generation, on both sides, are in their mid-to-late '80s and every last one of them is alive and well. I have longevity on both sides. My diet is 95% very healthy, and I am neither overweight or a smoker. I also had a major cardiac work-up 18 months that said I was in great shape. I do have slightly elevated cholesterol levels, but have been taking a statin for 3 years and had dropped those numbers.

So, that is Mystery #1. Why do I have this?

Mystery #2, the symptoms.

This all started as a pain under my left shoulder blade. I have had problems with muscle spasms in that area for 25 years, and had remedied them through light weight training. I hadn't been doing that lately, and blamed myself. Still, it was very painful. I had a series of attacks over five days, most only in the morning at breakfast time. In the more severe ones I felt other pains, some slight pain in the chest muscles and a sharp pain in the back of my throat. I called my doctor on the third day, he couldn't see me, but called in prescriptions for a muscle relaxer and an anti-inflammatory to my local pharmacy. That was Friday morning. These didn't work, but I didn't have a really severe attack until Sunday breakfast, when it was time to peel me off the ceiling. I had my wife take me to the ER of the local hospital, where after some tests they told me that I had a myocardial infarction, and took care of me.

So, my questions. I am now doing extensive research on these issues, and everything about my situation seems atypical.

Is it? Has anyone here had a similar situation or symptoms?

What type of therapy did you do to recover from this?

Do you know of any good web sites with particularly good information about heart attack recovery?

and any other advice you could offer on this subject would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

kwassa
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