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Old 07-14-2012, 07:31 AM   #57
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Get a Coronary Calcium Scan.
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:16 PM   #58
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No, Skye, Please no tofu and bean sprouts at the Christmas rally!!

Just bring that cake you made last year. I'll eat Chuck's piece to keep him mealthy for ya.
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I'm a retired 20 year Paramedic.
The symptoms of an M.I. (heart attack) vary widely from patient to patient. You may have symptoms from "crushing chest pain" to no obvious symptoms at all. You may have nausea and vomiting without any pain. You may only have nausea. If your main complaint is nausea, pay attention to other subtle symptoms: are you dizzy or light headed? Short of breath? General weakness? Just feel "off"? You need to be paying attention.
Any cardiac symptoms are an emergency! In most cases, Don't drive yourself to the hospital. Paramedics have medications on board to begin stabilizing your heart, get baseline early EKG to assist the cardiologist in figuring out your condition, etc.
As the OP stated, Do Not ignore any symptoms you have. Time lost is heart muscle lost.
One of the biggest killers is denial!
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I'm a retired 20 year Paramedic.
The symptoms of an M.I. (heart attack) vary widely from patient to patient. You may have symptoms from "crushing chest pain" to no obvious symptoms at all. You may have nausea and vomiting without any pain. You may only have nausea. If your main complaint is nausea, pay attention to other subtle symptoms: are you dizzy or light headed? Short of breath? General weakness? Just feel "off"? You need to be paying attention.
Any cardiac symptoms are an emergency! In most cases, Don't drive yourself to the hospital. Paramedics have medications on board to begin stabilizing your heart, get baseline early EKG to assist the cardiologist in figuring out your condition, etc.
As the OP stated, Do Not ignore any symptoms you have. Time lost is heart muscle lost.
One of the biggest killers is denial!
Thanks Fyrzowt, I can remember, as I finally realized the first one was serious, Skye said "Get in the car and I can get you there as quick as they can." I said NO dial 911, I need them working on me now. EMT's got there quickly, started everything you said above, gave me aspirin, and two doses of nitro on the way to the hospital. They were also transmitting the results of the EKG to the hospital and in constant communication as we rolled. They had 2 IV's in before we got there so when we did get there it was "plug and play" for the hospital staff.
Those EMT's rock!!! I totally agree with making that call.
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Hello Chuck,

I've been reading this thread with increasing interest as I go along. First, let me say that I'm glad to learn that your on the mend after all that you've gone through.

Secondly, let me say a big THANK YOU, for sharing all of this with us on the forums. I am 51 with a little extra tonnage and a high stress life over the past 10 or so years. I've been working slowly at making changes to diet, exercise, and lifestyle so that I can increase my chances live a long and energetic life. In fact, one of the reasons that the wife and I are getting into Airstreaming is to get away from all of the stress and learn to actually relax, there are days however when I wonder if the changes are even working... Yet, after reading your posting and those of our fellow Airstreamers, I have been able find the encouragement that I needed to keep up with the changes that I've made.

Thanks a million and best wishes for a continued smooth recovery and many many years of Airstream adventures.

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Warning for men with hairy a chest.

Hi, Warning for men with a hairy chest; Make sure that you shave your chest before getting an EKG. The most pain that I have ever had in my life, was while trying to remove those EKG pads. I think that they use super glue on them. The VET has adhesive remover to remove sticky tapes from my dog, but the human doctors just have you TRY to remove them.
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No, Skye, Please no tofu and bean sprouts at the Christmas rally!!

Just bring that cake you made last year. I'll eat Chuck's piece to keep him healthy for ya.
Skye says don't worry Bruce. I am not a tofu eater. For me, that is a big yuck. The flourless chocolate cake will be at the rally. (and now that we tested the oven, she may make it on site!)
Oh, and the coffee porter will also be there.

And I know...the trick is everything in moderation. My son-in-law asked Skye yesterday if the diet I am on is "horrible". The answer is NOT AT ALL. An "AIRSTREAM HEART DIET" (my new term for it because I figure it keeps me Streaming a lot longer) is awesome. Good food, great tastes, just very limited on fats, sugars and salt. And honestly fellow streamers, once you get started eating right and don't try to do too much at once, it really is easy to keep going. Oh and I just saw a portion of an info-mercial for a workout called "Insanity". People, that looks insane. I'm no body builder, walking and minor weights is as far as I want to go. But when I do go insane, I may give those folks a call!
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Old 07-15-2012, 09:00 AM   #64
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Bob, they did shave my chest when they did a stress test and it happened so fast, I couldn't stop them. The problem is that shaving makes for microcuts and those are an invitation to infection. The stress test was done at a hospital across the street from the doctor's office. Hospitals are a good place to get an infection. Studies show it is better not to shave.

As for tofu, it can be part of a healthy, tasty and good meal. You have to be open to new things when you change your diet and it can take time to get used to anything. Imagine if you were raised a vegetarian and had to get used to meat. When I was introduced to tofu (bean curd in Chinese restaurants, but I didn't know that at the time; the word "tofu" is Japanese) by a girl friend almost 40 years ago, I didn't like it. After a while I realized I didn't like it because she was pushing it on me; once I realized that, it was fine. Changing attitudes is hard too.

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In light of the fact on how this thread started, i.e. Chuck's refusal to believe there might be something wrong, I saw this billboard while driving back from Ingleside, TX and it struck a chord. Now then Mods, I am NOT shouting, just capitalizing for emphasis. The billborad was as follows:

THOUSANDS OF MEN WILL DIE THIS YEAR FROM STUBBORNESS

And yes, it was an ad for male health awareness.

Makes a good point, huh?
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In light of the fact on how this thread started, i.e. Chuck's refusal to believe there might be something wrong, I saw this billboard while driving back from Ingleside, TX and it struck a chord. Now then Mods, I am NOT shouting, just capitalizing for emphasis. The billborad was as follows:

THOUSANDS OF MEN WILL DIE THIS YEAR FROM STUBBORNESS

And yes, it was an ad for male health awareness.

Makes a good point, huh?
How dare you call me stubborn Bruce! I still contend that I was plain ol stupid.
Back at work for 4 days now. Only needed 1 dose of nitro so far. Getting stronger every day. Stairs are still a bit harder than I expected so I use the elevator a lot. Baby steps...
Love the billboard!
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Visit the site at trackyourPlaque.com. Dr William Davis is a well respected cardiologist...you can lean how to avoid stents, and cure heart disease while getting Off drugs. Do yourselves a favor it's great info.
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Visit the site at trackyourPlaque.com. Dr William Davis is a well respected cardiologist...you can lean how to avoid stents, and cure heart disease while getting Off drugs. Do yourselves a favor it's great info.
Also, for all Vietnam vets: In 2008 I had my wake up call w a small heart attack which gave me a stent but then I found out it was caused by exposure to agent orange!
I am officially disabled due to that (a %anyways).

We eat very carefully, grow a lot of out own food, eat local, exercise and yoga! Wake up call time!
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At 61 I went on low carb, adding more greens and other veggies to my diet. More good fats and absolutely no junk food, no wheat, little grains of any kind. I lowered my blood pressure to 115/70, took 15 lbs off an already reasonably trim body ( I am at my college weight) and added muscle with protein and a solid strength training routine.
I supplement with fish oil, vitamin K2, DHEA, COQ10 and feel great. Heart disease is in my genes from so many family members who died young due to stroke and heart attack. I hope to go for many more healthy years.

My point is with a little work and some real attention to diet, exercise and the correct supplements, you can avoid being stuck on a ration of prescription pills for the rest of your life.
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This thread has shown me that there are so many others out there with similar, or much worse, experiences. But I think we are onto a great part of it now. How to manage that diet. I had actually started eating healthy before the first one and have now lost 20 pounds. I am lucky to be married to a woman who is an excellent cook. She can look into a pantry or a refrigerator and dream up meals that are so healthy and soooo good. I only see peanut butter, ketchup, and olives when I look. Proper diet and exercise is the key. Boring, old, tired theme, I know...but I don't want to be stupid again.

Here is what a heart attack did to my thought processes. I no longer feel a pain and go "Aww, that's nothing." I can't help but jump to worst case and try to work back from there. Case in point;
Today I was in an early morning meeting. I had called it. As we held our meeting, I started to get hot. Really hot. Sweaty hot! And I am thinking, this is one of the symptoms I had during the heart attacks. I need to get my nitro handy, maybe I need to excuse myself now! But then I heard someone outside the office say "Has anyone put in a trouble call to get the Air-Conditioning fixed?" Jeeminey Cricket.....

It is good to be alive!
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