1st Heart attack RCA 3 stents .. 1 month later, LAD 1 stent
by Joe D
(Cambridge, MA USA)
Months before mt heart attack I was having indigestion and heartburn. Once my wife called 911 and I was taken to the hospital, tested and had the usual overnight stay. They told me I didn't have a heart attack (good news) from that time on I was still having bouts with heartburn and that feeling in your throat and chest area. I would wake up and my wife would notice that I was having those symptoms again and i told her it was the same feeling I had the last time she called 911 so please don't call again. I took some tums and it felt better and off to work I went. I smoked 1 1/2 packs a day for 38 years, Stressful job owning a restaurant and I wasn't eating all that well and I'm 56 years old at the time. Dec 27 while at work all alone I got that feeling again and this time mt chest had much more pressure on it. I called 911 unlocked the front door of the restaurant and sat down and waited for help. I didn't waist a second on this call it was much more severe than the pain in the past and I just knew. I was taken to the hospital that was 2 minutes away (again very lucky) When I arrived I went into a full blown heart attack. The pain in the arm started, the sweats and crushing pain in the chest as well as heartburn feeling. I was rushed in for a ecg and it shown I had a blocked artery 100% they removed all my clothing and off I went to the operating room where they went through the femoral artery and placed 3 stents in. I was awake for the whole thing even the morphine they gave me didn't help. I was
panic and more than likely in shock as well. Had the heart pump in for 3 days in iCU and sent home the 4th day with lots of meds. When the reality hit it was like being hit by a truck. I was always in great shape, construction worker and I also jogged. During my check up I told my Dr that I was having shortness of breath and chest pain. He informed me that my LAD was 70% blocked. I made the appointment to have that fixed. They sedated me and it wasn't as bad as the first time. I was in recovery and the Dr came to visit holding 2 photos in his hand, a before and after of what he just did. He told me that we just avoided having another major heart attack. The LAD was more than 70% blocked. The next day I was sent home. I'm being a good boy now, I stopped smoking after the 1st heart attack and have no interest in smoking again. I changed my diet, No fat milk, whole grains and no fat cheese. more veggies, fish, chicken (no skin) and a lot less red meats. I'm now 2 months post heart attack and to be honest. Not doing so well, I feel angry. down loss of enjoyment for life, argue with my wife, feel stressed and still have that feeling of heartburn (got more meds for that) I fell as if I've been robbed, maybe cheated. I don't care for things as I use too. I know I'm depressed, I need time to sort things out. I have no energy to get out and walk. I'm happy to have found this site and will be contacting my Dr for the depression on Monday. BTW 2 weeks after the 1st heart attack was the birthday I almost missed.