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I had quite an eye opener about 3 weeks ago... 45 years old - play soccer and do Kenpo, and I had a heart attack.
Big big big lesson learned - control your cholesterol. Dealt a crap hand by genetics and it turned out I had a fully blocked right artery that required 2 stents. Blood thinners for a year, 4 other pills for the rest of my life but I will be able to resume soccer sometime this year (though no goalkeeper for a year because of blood thinners and kenpo sometime after that...
It started just by feeling weak and dizzy all of a sudden.. figured it was the flu..... stayed in bed.... next day I had what I thought was acid reflux (which I have) and chest pressure but no pain.. never exceeded 4 on the pain scale...
Went to the doctor who checked me for mendengitis (despite zero risk factors) and pneumonia.... zero EKG...
Next day my left hand started feeling weird and my GF immediatly drove me to the hospital. They admitted me right away and my EKG was strong as can be.. as was my pulse and my blood pressure... but my enzyme test was high.... tests all day and then my enzymes were 4x worse so they knew something cardiac but assumed no heart attack because of my EKG being good.
blood thinners now and nitro (which really sucks as an IV) and my enzymes get 4x worse again so they schedule a cardiac catheter for the morning... ambulance takes me to Hopkins and straight into surgery... Assuming probably a partial block at this point but it turns out full blockage requiring 2 stents..... 4 days in the hospital and now 4-8 weeks of cardiac rehab..
Moral of the story... do NOT ever ignore chest discomfort... and don't ignore high cholesterol.. it is 90% genetics and 10% eating habits.... I was maybe 10 pounds overweight at worse, not bad for 45 and very active.... the end result was I had a heart attack that Wed/Thursday with a bigger one brewing on Friday/Saturday morning.
Glad to hear you're (mostly) alright. Growing old sucks.
In my family too. You've got to do what you can to control what you can, though. Medical advances help too. Sounds like you've got good care, though. Good luck.
Phatboy if you had any balls I'd meet you at the AFA Boxing gym and have Coach Weichers put some gloves on us.
If you're just going to ignore the side effects printed on White Hart Lane, what do you expect?
(glad you're okay)
This post was edited by Fwah Grah 15 months ago
This 40 year old who's been on Lipitor for almost two decades is not freaked out by this thread at all.
classlessthug: I have too much on my plate to worry about the fact that my junk intimidates some needle D undergrad.
Wow thats scary. So glad you made it through. Our sheep season would have been toast! ;-).
Same thing happened to a guy out at my club. He was/is cut and one Bmf and a little younger than you. He was and had always been in such good shape that he had never been to a doctor His episode 2 yrs ago was worse than yours and I think he had multiple bypasses. His cholesterol was through the roof they discovered. Today he's better than ever, just like you will be!
what are your cholesterol numbers?
my overall was 220 (not too bad but the truth is that number is fairly worthless). My HDL was 36 and my LDL was 155... My body makes very little good cholesterol and turns all food into bad stuff.
Wow, glad you're ok.
LOL I'm probably one of a handful of people who are going to get this
No question I was lucky... like a warning shot... switched to a low cholesterol, low sodium, low fat diet. If you go to Trader Joes, you can actually eat pretty tasty stuff w/o wanting to be hit by a car.
The two big changes for me right is the blood thinners and the fact it was a heart attack. i get tired easily after a few hours... the really cold air hurts my lungs.....I have to be productive for a few hours, then take a break. I know that will all come back and my heart is actually very strong - I will be able to resume full sports in 2013 except for limitations of the blood thinners themselves.
That said, I had to switch to an electric razor (they recommend this if on blood thinners). found a good one that works in the shower with shaving cream and so works pretty good. No goal keeping for a while as there is a lot of collisions in my league between strikes and keepers and I don't really feel like bleeding out after a big collision, lol. Went from 1 pill a day (nexium) to 6 a day, 5 of which will be for life..
Overall, this will be a positive, and I will be leaner and in better shape this year than at anytime probably in the last 10 years...
Good luck with the recovery!
My dad had a heart attack two years ago and now I've come to realize that it will doom me as well. I'm doomed.
what's your typical diet like? Just curious
Pleased to meet you; hope you guess my name.
As a Spurs fan and a Redskins fan, I should probably get my affairs in order.
Glad you're okay, dginzu. All the best for your recovery.
Wow! Scary that the initial testing didn't indicate anything serious. Glad you persisted.
Damn, rough week for the Suque. Glad you're ok.
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Scary stuff. Glad you're OK.
I'm 47 and I have been battling bad cholesterol all my life. I'm not overweight - I'm 6'4" 200lbs and I'm a runner. Last year I ran 3 half marathons and 2 10 milers. I hike and bike regularly. I've been on pravastatin for a couple of years. None of this improved my numbers. I even went vegan for 6 months and my trigylcerides, hdl and ldl all looked like I was eating at 5 Guys every day. So I was totally on board with the "this is all genetic" mentality because I really tried hard and couldn't get my number to budge. My doctor wanted to bump up my statin dosage.
Then on my own I started reading about the links between simple carbs and blood cholesterol (among other things). If you want to read more about it google carbs and cholesterol but apparently in a long process unused carbs end up getting converted into cholesterol by your liver.
So I said what the hell, I leave everything the same but I'll get rid of the carbs. Step one was not sweetened drinks or fruit juice of any kind. I only drink black coffee, unsweetened tea, water and beer. Next minimize to the greatest extent possible the white foods - white bread, white potatoes, white rice, white noodles and sugar. Eat whole grains and brown rice. Stop eating bagels and muffins and desert. I did this things and made no other changes. In fact I eat more eggs than ever.
Like a miracle my last blood test showed me to to have total cholesterol of 152. triglycerides, hdl and ldl were all optimal. My doctor shook my hand and could not believe it. I'm sharing this because people realize that a can of coke is is high in calories and too much of it will lead to diabetes. But most folks don't know that simple carbs, High fructose corn syrup and high sugar diets are contributing to high cholesterol and heart disease in a major way.
Wow, glad to hear you're okay.
ttyl red meat :(
Sometimes I feel crappy because of my hereditary eye condition, but then read stuff like this and realize it could be a lot worse. I know so many people who have hereditary factors that are just ticking time bombs for them. Healthy, active people getting cancer in their 20s and 30s, guys getting heart attacks in their 40s, etc. I'm lucky in that even though I'm massively overweight, my cholesterol and BP numbers are all good and my family has no real history of heart disease or cancer, just bad eyes and alzheimers.
Good luck ginzu, and hopefully guys will use this as a warning to at least get a physical and get bloodwork done.
36 and been on Crestor for 4 years...family history of high cholesterol lead me to having a total cholesterol level at 240 at age 32 (i am in shape, 6 feet 170 pounds) and tried changing my diet for 6 months and it lowered to 235. 1 months after taking Crestor my cholesterol level is at 140 with both types being in the great range. Needless to say i will be on it all my life.
This post was edited by charmcityterp 15 months ago
DG, glad you survived. I went through the same thing this summer. On vacation, biked 40 miles a day for two weeks, got in the car to drive home and I passed out and woke up in the hospital.
What's odd is that my lipids are very good LDL=72, HDL=53, my ejection fraction is .65, and I have a single 20% blockage (this is insignificant says the cardiologist). I may not have had a heart attack, it could have been sudden cardiac arrest.
Once you've recovered, make sure to do cardiac rehab (gym work monitored by cardiac nurses). It's a huge confidence builder in that you are gradually able to push yourself more each session.
This post was edited by RandomTerp 15 months ago
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