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From: Londa
Date: 01-04-2005, 10:17 PM (1 of 15)
I've just lived through a scare of my life - while driving on NYE, my hubby had odd pains in both biceps and 'felt funny'. To make a lonng story short, we stopped at the upcoming hospital along the interstate. He did have a mild heart attack, but our action most likely prevented a much worse one and heart damage. Ended up with an angioplasty on Monday. Home today and doing well. Carry aspirin at all times! If they won't make the decision to get help - MAKE IT FOR HIM! :bluesmile
User: Londa
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From: Sewhappie
Date: 01-05-2005, 12:22 PM (2 of 15)
So glad to hear that he is doing better today!!!! I know first hand how scary a heart condition can be. I ended up in the Emergency room 8 hours after coming home from our Bahamas vacation, only to be told that I had TWO holes in my heart!!!
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From: Magot
Date: 01-05-2005, 03:23 PM (3 of 15)
Well done Londa for your prompt action. As a first aider, asperin is the one drug you are allowed to carry and administer - will he be on small doses daily now - it's amazing how well it works. Be aware if he does he will probably bruise more easily and take longer to recover from said bruises. This just shows that the asperin is working at stopping the clotting so don't worry about it.
It can be really scarey though - so congrats again on seeing it through, and glad hubby is home.
love and kisses, Jan
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User: Magot
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From: Bama
Date: 01-05-2005, 03:48 PM (4 of 15)
The same thing happened to a friend of ours. He was "feeling funny" like you said. He didn't think it was anything to worry about. His wife gave him aspirin and talked him into going to the fire department down the road to get a blood pressure check. They sent him to the hospital and it was a mild heart attack.

I'm glad your hubby is okay.
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From: heartland
Date: 01-05-2005, 10:15 PM (5 of 15)
Glad to hear that you dh is doing well.

After eatting dinner with mil at the nursing home 2 years ago, I became unbelievablely hot and had sharp pain in my left elbow. Dh took me to the Dr. (they were out of asprin) and I was having a heart attack. I was ambulanced to a nearby hospital and airlifted to a bigger hospital. I had the angeoplasty (2 stints). Needless to say, I do not eat in the nursing home. :wink: lol

Tell your husband not expect to do cartwheels for awhile. It took a couple of months before I had energy back.
User: heartland
Member since: 05-23-2001
Total posts: 88
From: suzquilts46
Date: 01-06-2005, 01:35 AM (6 of 15)
Don't let anyone take similar symptoms lightly. I am in my late 50's and have had heart problems since my mid 30's. I have spent several nights in hospitals but have been able to avoid an actual heart attack because I take ANY symptoms seriously. Besides taking an aspirin, another great "home" remedy that can keep one alive till a hospital is reached is to cough vigorously and continuously till said hospital is reached. This pumps the blood enough to keep it circulating to your organs and can save lives. My late husband also had problems and when he wouldn't go to the hospital, :bang: I gave him 3 choices: go with me willingly, have a neighbor help take him or call an ambulance. To avoid embarrasment, he went unwillingly with me, but he went. We lived only 2 blocks from the hospital or I would have called for help immediately. He did not die of a heart attack!
Susan Life is a journey......................not a destination.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 01-06-2005, 06:01 PM (7 of 15)
My doctor has me on the 82 miligram asprin daily regimen since the day I went to his office because I had an upset stomach and felt very light headed and on seeing the EKG read out immediately called an ambulance and sent me to the heart unit at Baptist Hospital here in OKC for 24 hours. Apparently I have a heart valve that doen't close completely every now and then. I keep regular aspirin in my desk at work and have orders from my doctor that anytime I feel like that I'm to go directly to the nearest emergency room. So far, I have not had another bad episode. I think I have minor episodes every now and them but they are very short and disappear within just a few seconds.

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From: Londa
Date: 01-06-2005, 09:16 PM (8 of 15)
I had made aspirin in a college chemistry class - and that had convinced me to stay away from that stuff as much as possible - guess I have to change my tune...

Any recommendations on sites, or books for healty eating for the heart - those of you wh've been through it?

Getting a kick out of all the phonecalls my hubby is getting - he'll start feeling like a woman in a bit here talkin on the phone so much! Heeheeee
Londa :smile:
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From: Magot
Date: 01-07-2005, 02:34 AM (9 of 15)
Healthy lifestyle for the heart in a nutshell:
low fat (esp low LDL cholesterol - dry fry food, cut our butter etc, use semi skimmed milk)
low salt (increases blood pressure)
no smoking (constricts arteries)
modrate excercise(eg walking, cycling, swimming - consult your GP when to start) the heart is a muscle and can be strengthened like any other muscle.
love and kisses, Jan
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DNA to order.
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From: heartland
Date: 01-09-2005, 12:44 PM (10 of 15)
Basically, cook from scratch. Go to the grocery store when you have plenty of time to read the labels. Prepared foods are basically out. If something says that it is low-fat or low sodium, it doesn't mean that it is always the right choice. I can have 2 3oz.servings of meat a day. Each serving is about the size of a deck of cards. I hope that this helps answer your question.
User: heartland
Member since: 05-23-2001
Total posts: 88
From: momofangels4
Date: 01-24-2005, 11:32 PM (11 of 15)
very glad to know that he is doing well!! It's scary when someone you love and care for goes through that. My dad has had 2 heart attacks and a 5 bypass open heart surgery, and 3 yrs ago he found out he was a diabetic. It scares me everyday, he is gaining weight due to the diabetes and that not good for his heart, and his knees are bad ( arthritis ) so he can't really work out to much! And the sad part is he is only 56 yrs young.
Loving & devoted wife and mother
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Member since: 01-22-2005
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From: Dede
Date: 01-25-2005, 08:09 AM (12 of 15)
The Canadian Heart Foundation has joined with a few cooks to publish cooking books and I'm sure you have the same thing in the US. The recipes are good and easy. I agree with the other ladies, cut butter, salt, all white stuff i.e. sugar, white flour, sweet potatoes once in a while instead of the regular potatoes, white pasta, no deep frying and so on. I started eating soy in many forms and got used to it pretty quickly. I do admit it is not for everybody but you have to try it and make up your own mind. I think WW has recipies on their sites. Try doing a search on Google on low fat cooking. Good luck and take good care.
User: Dede
Member since: 03-23-2001
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From: MaryW
Date: 01-25-2005, 09:27 AM (13 of 15)
Heart problems are no joke. Take it from me. My family is predisposed to all sorts of heart problems. My father was very slim and hard working. He had a heart attack at 55, he was gone before he hit the floor. No warning of any kind.

I have also lost 3 brothers to massive coronaries. They all were slim, hard working and supposedly in good health. Their first heart attack was their last. None of them had any warning signals and none of them lived past 48 yrs. of age. Very young.

I have a brother who is diabetic and has multiple health problems which keep him pretty well bed ridden at all times. Just before Christmas we had a big scare with him. His heart problems stem from the diabetes. He is not overweight by any means.

Please, please if you know of someone who has heart problems, try to encourage them to take better care of themselves. My family had no second chances.
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User: MaryW
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 01-26-2005, 10:35 PM (14 of 15)
Hi, I've just joined the forums and this is my first time posting.

I wanted to add that eating salads are heart healthy but not the salad dressings. Also, whole wheat pasta is better than regular pasta and avoid cream sauces.

Like Mary I have a history of heart problems in my family. My mother died of a heart attack at 53 and my brother had his first heart attack at age 33 and died at 43 when he had his third attack. My doctor said due to my family history I have to beware. For a couple of years now I have had high cholestoral and last year my doctor said I have to work on it. So I joined a walking club at work and walk for 30 to 40 minutes almost every day. I know my stamina has improved. I am looking forward to my annual check up coming in April to see if it has improved.

Exercise and eat heart healthy foods!
TTFN from
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From: Dode
Date: 02-08-2005, 09:13 PM (15 of 15)
Hello all, Neither my Mom or Dad had heart problems until late in life. My brother had a heart attack when he was 59 and lived through it because he got to a hospital quickly. I on the other hand have had what they call a "silent heart attack". There is no way to tell when this happens and my Dr. says this is the worst kind of attack as I didn't get any help until he had an ECG done and discovered it that way. Reasearch has kind of scared me very much as they say that usually after a silent attack the next one os usually the last. I am on asprin every day now and working hard to stay away from another attack.
Londa I am so very glad you did what you did and that you DH is doing well.
User: Dode
Member since: 03-09-2003
Total posts: 15
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