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Old 06-26-2012, 06:48 AM   #29
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How frightening! Glad you are okay, and thanks for all the info.


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Old 06-26-2012, 09:13 AM   #30
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So glad you found out in time and got the care you need.

Thanks for starting this thread. It is great info for everyone.

And for the women who may be reading this, here is a link to recognizing the signs of heart attack in women which are different than men's symptoms and also frequently ignored...

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Old 06-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #31
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Well,
Cardiologist gave me a full release to go back to work whenever I want. Which I have decided is NOT next week. Think I am going to take a week, now that the worries and stress are over and just spend it with my DW. She is in Wisconsin, speading the ashes of her Mom and Dad (a trip the Docs advised me not to take, even if it had been in the planning stages for a year) We will take a week to try and recharge each other and just absorb what has happened in the last couple of weeks. Dr also stated I had NO permanent damage to my heart. Unreal, I am a lucky guy.

Please dear Streamers....Don't be stupid like I was. It's kinda scary! (as others have also related) I had just turned 59 and I looked for every possible thing except a heart attack. Wrong ! ! I need to shift that thinking process a bit.

Ahh well...One more thing I can scratch from my bucket list. (-:
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Old 06-29-2012, 09:46 AM   #32
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Congratulations on the good news from the cardiologist, Chuck. Hoping you have a speedy recovery.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:47 PM   #33
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Chuck,

Sure am glad you came out good.Keep on rocking.Hope to meet you guys someday.

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I'm glad you got to the hospital, and that you're on the road to recovery. I thought I'd share this story, because it also happened in Corpus Christi...

30 Years ago next month (July 19, 1982), I was visiting my dad, who was a police officer on the CCPD. He was at work when I got a call from his best friend asking me to come pick dad up. Apparently, my father had some sort of seizure and briefly lost consciousness. When the ambulance arrived, he was awake, and refused to ride to the hospital.

I got there, and my dad's friend made me promise that I'd take him straight to Memorial hospital. The problem was that I didn't know where Memorial was, I only knew how to get to Spohn. Dad said not to worry about it, he'd call his doctor, take a shower, and we'd go later. Later never came. I got him to the house, he made a few phone calls, complained about being nauseous, and then dropped dead.

He was 45 years old, and I was 17. I knew CPR, and started immediately. The ambulance showed up, and they worked on him for a half hour. THere just wasn't anything that could be done, and the next day I was planning a funeral.

I was on edge the entire year I was 45. I have the advantage of not smoking 3 packs of Salems a day, and of not drinking 5 6 packs of Lone Star a day. Still, I was never so relieved as the day I turned 46.
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I'm glad you got to the hospital, and that you're on the road to recovery. I thought I'd share this story, because it also happened in Corpus Christi...

30 Years ago next month (July 19, 1982), I was visiting my dad, who was a police officer on the CCPD. He was at work when I got a call from his best friend asking me to come pick dad up. Apparently, my father had some sort of seizure and briefly lost consciousness. When the ambulance arrived, he was awake, and refused to ride to the hospital.

I got there, and my dad's friend made me promise that I'd take him straight to Memorial hospital. The problem was that I didn't know where Memorial was, I only knew how to get to Spohn. Dad said not to worry about it, he'd call his doctor, take a shower, and we'd go later. Later never came. I got him to the house, he made a few phone calls, complained about being nauseous, and then dropped dead.

He was 45 years old, and I was 17. I knew CPR, and started immediately. The ambulance showed up, and they worked on him for a half hour. THere just wasn't anything that could be done, and the next day I was planning a funeral.

I was on edge the entire year I was 45. I have the advantage of not smoking 3 packs of Salems a day, and of not drinking 5 6 packs of Lone Star a day. Still, I was never so relieved as the day I turned 46.
I think that is exactly the point of the thread. Why the heck do we try so hard to tuff it out? We men are a very strange breed indeed! 17 and 45. Definitely a story that will stick with you for life. Thanks for sharing and so glad you are still kicking!
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I tell you, your body just KNOWS when something is off. Sometimes it just takes a while for the brain to recognize it. Mine always lets me know when I'm getting too much sugar with recurring headaches, and same with when I get dehydrated..... just a different headache.

I'm only a youngster by the standards on this forum, but I keep a close eye on my blood pressure and cholesterol at the tender age of 36 here. I've already lost Grandpa to a heart attack on my 16th birthday, my Uncle survived a number of heart issues (1 attack, two valve replacements).... then there's Dad! He was dealing with some high blood pressure issues, so they scheduled him from an angiogram. They told him two things when he finished it. First was "my god, look at the scars on your heart, I can't believe you survived a heart attack that massive." Looking back, he THINKS he knew when that occured, but isn't certain. The second thing they said was "we're going to get a transport to a different hospital, you're getting a quadruple bypass today".

Another close friend of Dad wasn't feeling well, and at the first signs of symptoms scheduled a cardiologist appointment. His heart attack came in the waiting room, talk about lucky.

So even though the doctors call me healty, I still get my regular checkups and keep an eye on my health all the time.

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And Again!

So, Doctors released me to go back to work, concrete work was finished in the yard and I was ready to go pull our Airstream out of the neighbors yard and bring it back home. We decided to celebrate my recovery and go watch a movie. Wrong...2/3rds of the way thru the movie (Savages) it all started over again. (exactly 1 month after the initial heart attack) So we go outside, I try to open the little bottle of Nitro and could not get it open, neither could Skye, we had to ask a passerby to open it. (Lesson 1 Get new container. DONE) Took a nitro pill and started towards the ER, had taken 3 by the time we got there and 911 called the hospital to let them know we were en-route. They were ready for us. And we do it all again, but this time they think it was a spasm on an artery caused by the trauma of the first visit. More meds and back home.
So...I guess this could keep sneaking up on me but I definitely learned from the first one. We got out of the movie and did everything right this time. No more waiting around and hoping it is something else. I was stupid once, but not again...
And I am tired of looking at my Airtream in my neighbors yard. That is coming home today (or maybe tomorrow).. I am afraid that watching Skye try to back that thing into our driveway might just do it for me.
Please listen to your body folks, it will warn you.
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First, thank the good Lord that all of you came out on the other side somewhat intact. My Dad suffered a fatal heart attack at age 59 in 1989. There was nothing they could do for him. I am 57 and use VA care for my medical issues. My question to ya'll is this: How do you determine that you might be a candidate for a heart attack? What I mean by this is are there signs that manifest well in advance of heart issues? Dad was a heavy smoker and drinker, and I KNOW that those are huge issues when it comes to heart related episodes, and while I don't smoke nor drink soda I am getting to *that* age when you start looking forward and wondering "what if.."

Thanks for this non -Airstream conversation, it *is* relevant.

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My Dad suffered a fatal heart attack at age 59 in 1989. There was nothing they could do for him. I am 57 and use VA care for my medical issues. My question to ya'll is this: How do you determine that you might be a candidate for a heart attack? What I mean by this is are there signs that manifest well in advance of heart issues?

Thanks for this non -Airstream conversation, it *is* relevant.

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First and foremost I am not a Dr. Did not even sleep at a Holiday INN Express (I think the Airstream is way cooler anyway) So I can only tell you what happened to me. I was getting warning signs for about a week. Shortness of breath, pain in chest, and it felt like severe gas build up, like I really needed to burp. But as soon as I quit walking and sat down it all went away. So I looked for all kinds of other reasons. I am also 59. In hindsight, all those were pretty good indicators of a heart attack on the way. But I doubt everyone gets a week of warnings. I sure did not on the second one.
The Dr's all ask the same 3 things.
1: Do you, or have you ever, smoked? How long have you been stopped and how long did you smoke?
2: Do you have any stress in your life?
3: Do you have a family history of heart disease?

I am heavy (but not obese) and they never mention weight to me. Sometimes they ask if I drink but often it is not even a question.
In my case it was probably family history. "Probably". My mothers side has significant issues with heart disease.
So again, I need to say I am not a DR. But I think they can run some pretty simple tests to see if you have been having any issues with your heart.
Can't wait to get back in our Airstream.
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Please anybody that thinks they are having a bad gas attack as Chuck describes go to the doctor or emergency room.
My best friend, S.O. past away on Saturday from an apparent heart attack .
He had had symptoms but he had always had gas problems . I even told him about Chucks experience He did not take it seriously.Now he's gone.

So PLEASE if you have the symptoms it is better to go to the Dr. even if it turns out to be a gas attack better save than gone.
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I had a very similar experience, including the $10,000 15 mile helicopter ride (and the $600 3 mile ambulance ride). I've never smoked, don't drink, a little overweight but not obese, blood pressure on the high side of normal, exercised fairly regularly for years, yet I had a major lower left descending artery heart attack at age 56. Two important lessons I learned: 1) the number one risk factor for heart disease is heredity. If it runs in your family you're going to get it; the best you can do with diet and exercise is to delay the onset. If it runs in your family, you're in your 50's and you're NOT taking Plavix and Lipitor you need to ask your doctor why he hasn't prescribed them. 2) if you're walking uphill in San Francisco and having chest discomfort and running out of breath, and you look around and realize that no one else is having a problem, that should be a clue to get to the doctor BEFORE you have a heart attack and lose 25% of your heart muscle like I did.
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2/3rds of the way thru the movie (Savages) it all started over again.
I saw that movie and almost had a heart attack myself! Keep away from those movies and take care!
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