Living with Heart Disease at 50
In 2005, at the age of 44, I had my first event with Coronary Artery Blockage. I was on a business trip in Vancouver and sitting in a restaurant, saying to myself I just didn't feel well. A walk outside and fresh air might help. I returned home the next day as planned, Friday, and progressively through the weekend my discomfort with a tightness in my chest and a strange numbness sensation in my left forearm (near the elbow)drove me to Google Heart Attack symptoms. I finally called my Doctor at 5pm on Sunday evening and was told to go to the Emergency Room. That was the start of my introduction to Heart Disease, my new Cardiologist, and 2 new medicated Stents in my LAD. Following the procedure, I went through depression and bouts with anxiety from feeling mortal for the very first time. I lost 38lbs, gained some back, lost it again, then gained it all back. Six years later, almost 2 weeks ago October 2011, the symptoms in my arm returned and the chest discomfort (no feelings of a mack truck on my chest, just discomfort). By the grace of GOD I didn't deny the problem and hide my head in the sand. I saw my Cardiologist, had a Nuclear Stress Test (results-abnormal)and had another procedure receiving another Stent in my LAD (3 total now). I was scared to death of the thought of by-pass and went through some very anxious times. The Stent procedure is easy but the mental aspect of Life with Heart Disease at age 50 with 2 procedures already, has my mental state in the dumps. Will I see my kids graduate, marry and have children? Do I have to be a Vegan? I'm scared, Help????