My Heart Attack Experience At 43
I had a heart attack on October 10th 2009 and it has changed my life completely. I began with a slight feeling of discomfort in my upper chest and my arms were feeling very tired and achy. It was about 1130pm when it first started. I could not find a comfortable position to fall asleep, so I decided to get out of bed. As I walked around my house a little with the thoughts that this would soon pass, I do not what prompted me to reach for the medicine cabinet, but I did. I took two aspirin. I guess that in the back of my mind, I was thinking about my brother who had a heart attack at age 45 and my dad who also had a heart attack in his mid 50's. The doctor later told me that the aspirin was probably a very important factor for my survival. After suffering the symptoms for about an hour, I decided to go to the emergency room. As soon as I got into the ER and described my symptoms, the nurse hooked my up to an EKG and the results immediately indicated that I was indeed having a heart attack, and a big one at that. I was also given nitro glycerine and morpheine for the pain. I was then transported to a facility which was better equipped to handle my situation. Upon arrival, I was brought into the cath lab and angioplasty was performed. I received two stents that night and was sent to a room to begin the recovery. A few hours later, I began experiencing the same chest pain that I had felt only hours earlier. I was brought back into the cath lab, and another stent was placed. The doctors told me that the one of the two stents that was placed earlier already had developed a large blood clot. I am now on coumadin and plavix along with 4 other meds. It has been nearly 3 weeks since that night. I feel that I am slowly getting better, however, this process is very slow. I am a very impatient person and am used to doing things in fast mode. This is a big change for me. I have always worked and now cannot work because the doctors want me out of work for about 6 weeks. I will be going through cardiac rehab upon the recommendation of my cardiologist. I do hope that I will continue to improve and start back to working my way towards a normal life again.