Widowmaker and other Heart Problems Club

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  1. barbee6043

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    You were using the wrong cooking oil!??
     
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    • toolmanmike

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      LoL Just something that happens. It's a murmur that I didn't have before. Could have been exertion that caused it.
       
    • hemi71x

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      I guess i became a member in the "heart club" on Nov. 30th when i went into the hospital for a "valve job" valve replacement, on my heart.
      I now have a cow valve replacement in me. lol
      Up until a year ago, lets say, i didn't even know that i had a heart problem.
      It all started with one of my regular 6 month check up's with my hematologist - oncologist doctor for a white blood cell, bone marrow problem, that i also have.
      He didn't like what he was hearing through the stethoscope.
      That led to all kinds of tests on my heart.
      So it led up to the operation on Nov 30th.
      Guess if i didn't get operated on, i was just waiting for the time bomb to go off, with a stroke, or heart attack, then putting me 6 feet under.
      I guess you can call that my "widow maker" issue, even though i never have been married.
      I guess we can get inflicted with a kinds of heart disease issues in this human lifetime.
      I'm 67, so i got to see 2021 come in, and now i get to see 68, at the end of this month.
      hemi71x
       
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      • 67/6barracuda

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        I can’t join the club. But driving to work one day I had this over whelming sensation in my upper body, chest, arms, etc. I started breathing heavy, I new if I didn’t pull over and get my breathing under control that I was going to black out. Managed to get under control made it to the hospital had an abdominal heart arrhythmia. Well I passed my stress test and the ecocardiogram days later. Turns out I have bradycardia my heart drops below 40 beats per minute. Along with sleep apnea and thyroid disease it amazing I wake up in the mornings. I do have a cool implanted heart monitor just under my skin that communicates to my doctor but after 1800 episodes in 2018 they stopped calling. I’m still here Happy New Year and good health to you all.
         
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        • Jadaharabi

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          Your a member.
           
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          • pittsburghracer

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            Not the widow maker but I suffered a blockage and heart attach back in 1999. I suffer from mid back pain so it was pretty well hidden so I continued to work 6 more hours not even stopping for lunch. Then I went to the dispensary and was taken to the hospital. After some tests I was given an ambulance ride to Pittsburgh only to find I lost a 1/4 of my heart that day. Now almost 65 I try to keep active but have quite a lineup of pills I take daily.
             
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            Ya, me too in the pill department.
            Take 6 pills in the morning, for this heart issue, and my other blood issue, one pill in the afternoon, and another in the evening.
            My counter top is a pill dispensary.
             
          • SGBARRACUDA

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            YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO GET CONTROL OF YOUR SLEEP APNEA!!!!
            I’ve been on a Bi- Pap machine for more than 15 years. Without it your asking your heart to run a marathon every night.
             
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            • yellow rose

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              Actually...once you get past how serious that is...that’s pretty bad assed! How many people can say their heart squeaked and lived??? Not too many I’d think. Damn. That’s amazing.
               
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              • Ddaddy

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                A-fib here, I see my cardiologist 2-3 times per year. So far, no signs of any other trouble with all his testing...but every time I have an episode of my heart feeling like a flopping fish in my chest, it’s an unnervingly stressful time. I’m on Xarelto blood thinner to reduce stroke risk from those events, but still...you never know when the next time might be the last.

                I’m only 57 years old, but my dad had the same issue and lived to be 84 without it becoming more serious. Fingers crossed it will be the same for me.
                 
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                • dartfreak75

                  dartfreak75 Restore it, Dont part it! FABO Gold Member

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                  Man that is scary, im glad your ok. Your only 4 years older than me and im not fit or exercise. Other than fitness burger in my mouth! Lol but all jokes aside I do worry about that I know my eating habits are horrible and I don't exercise enough, im overweight and heart problems run in my family.
                   
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                  • dartfreak75

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                    Sorry for your loss. I lost my grandfather when I was around 10 he was only 50.
                     
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                    • RammerJammer75

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                      I'm sorry for yours as well.
                       
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                      • pa340dart

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                        Heart problems is nothing to full around with nor ignore the symptoms.
                        I always had shortness of breath on exertion since mid 1980's previously worked in a railroad tie plant (chemicals) and a welder for 15 years. Progressively got worse till 2011 till it was affecting my private affairs with the Girlfriend. Stress test revealed that I had experienced silent heart attacks (never felt them) went in for Catherization.>> Left anterior descending 99%blocked, lower tip of heart dead muscle, But smaller arteries grew around the blockages. Doc's put in a defibrillator, which never went off. Pills every day.
                        2020> Shortness of breath turned into SHARP pain radiating from arm to arm. Hot stabbing pain just by walking up a mildly inclined 40' driveway. Back into Cath lab, Right Coronary Artery 90% blocked
                        Nov 2020 Triple Bypass Hit 66 right after i was released Still Recovering
                        Remember when something doesn't feel right and you say to yourself "Maybe it'll go away"
                        Answer yourself "Maybe Not" AND Get it checked out The dues to belong in this club is too high
                         
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                        • hemi71x

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                          Cardiologist has me on that Xarelto pill, also.
                          I'm sorta, kinda, nervous, apprehensive, with the side affect to that pill.
                          If you get cut, have a bleed, it's harder to stop the bleeding with that blood thinner in your system.
                          Have you ever had a problem?
                          Another thing to be careful of, when taking a medication.
                           
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                          • Dartsun

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                            Oh man I fit burgers in my mouth constantly. My metabolism is outta control it never stopped since my teens. I walk a ton for work and at home around 11k steps a day. Everyone at the hospital kept saying why are you here, and your to skinny be on in the Cath surgery room. Maybe I have a genetic defect still not sure, but ima try enjoy every minute i feel healthy.
                             
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                            • crackedback

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                              Me too in the club now. I believe 100% it can be a genetic issue. On my mom's side, my grandfather dead from heart attack in his late 40's, grandma major heart attack 59 YO, Uncle massive HA age 58, bypass a few years later. My mom had issues starting around age 58-60, lived another 25 years. Lucky me at 58, I got it too. Med Tech is so much further advanced so hopefully that weighs in my favor.

                              Yeah don't ignore even the slightest strange pain radiating from your chest or into your back/neck area. There are a bunch more indications than the old left arm tingling.
                               
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                              • dartfreak75

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                                Alot of times its genetics and just your body. You see pro athletes have heart attacks when young. That guy from the biggest loser, the coach had a heart attack and he is a professional health coach and trainer he is in phenomenal shape. I walk alot and do alot of physical labor at work and I work 60-72 hours a week. I have always just struggled with my weight. Even when I was young I was always chubby. When I was in high school I played sports and wrestled and lost alot of fat and got in really good shape but I was still big. I was 189 pounds at 16 in good shape by my senior year I walked around at 175 and wrestled 171. After high school did 2 years of college and straight into a factory been there ever since. Idk why but after high school I just started gaining weight and never could keep it off. I have lost weight several times thru the years but always put it back on. I figure as long as I'm not so big I can't tie my own shoe or walk im ok with where I am lol im about 245 right now I would love to get back to 200.
                                 
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                                Oh wow, I have afib too. Had multiple cardioversions (IIRC, four of them) and two ablations at Mayo. None of them were successful long term (longest was about two days). Cardiologist told me I was a "difficult" patient and asked if I was interested in a third ablation. I told him that I liked cars and have a saying about working on them "if you screw with something long enough you will end up breaking it". Asked if I could have a normal lifespan with afib, he said with the severity I have I could. Sealed the deal. It is interesting when I go into a Dr. for anything when the nurse takes my vitals she looks at me and goes "afib?" Just as a comment, I was on two capsules of Prevacid for acid reflux for years. One of my Dr.'s said it may help my afib if I cut that down or eliminated taking it. Couldn't stop but I am down to one capsule and my afib is better. But who knows?
                                 
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                                  We have 3 cats. About 4 years ago I started using flonase for a mild allergy. Flonase constricts blood vessels to relieve nasal drip and open sinus passages but I can't help but think it also restricted my heart blood vessels. ENT says no, cardiologist says yes. I would rather be stuffy and alive. Goodby flonase.
                                   
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                                    I haven’t had any problems with it and I have been on it for two years now. I have had several minor injuries like cuts and scrapes and while it does take a little longer to stop the bleeding, it’s really not much longer and usually a band-aid is enough.

                                    The bigger issue would be a serious injury which is why I wear an ID bracelet so emergency responders would be alerted. There is a counter agent that they can administer to stop the effects of it, but they need to know that it is needed.
                                     
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                                    • Avispa

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                                      (I originally wrote this in July)
                                      I'm 74.5, two heart bypass surgeries, had 3 pacemaker/defib implants, but what I went through last week was for Me, a miracle!
                                      On Monday the 29th of June, I was about an 1/8 of a mile down the street I live on, I was feeding and watering some neglected dogs, one of them was unresponsive, looked like a snake had bitten him on the nose. I went to the car to clear a space for him so I could get him to a doctor, I turned around to back up closer to him, when I turned the corner WHAM!
                                      My defibrillator fired and about knock my hands of the wheel, it feels like being kicked in the chest by a mule, I headed to the end of the street where My house is, it fired two more times before I got home, I arrived blowing the horn to get My GF to come out and call 911, it fires again, she's screamed and told Me she loved me and dialed 911, it fired twice while waiting for EMT, the when they did arrive it fired twice more before they got me out of the car and on a gurney.
                                      After being loaded into the EMT truck, it fired again and this time it knocked me out, I think they thought they lost Me, I did come to, they were saying it was to late to life flight Me, and didn't want to take me to the nearest ER, I must have been to critical, and seem to be trying to figure out whose going and whose driving, I could hear everything, and I didn't think I could take much more of a pounding!
                                      I don't remember arriving at the ER about 12 miles away in the next county, I do remember the defib firing again, I was semi conscious and on an ER bed, They doctor had to get a breathing tube in me and sedate Me more, the feeling of having that tube was unbearable, and I started chocking on phlegm, and I remember My GF telling the doctor and trying to wipe it away, the awful thing is I could hear everything but couldn't move or open My eyes. Again life flight was down due to visibility, and they didn't have an EMT driver to transport me to Emory in Atlanta, I was to critical for them also.
                                      I don't remember anything about that ride or arriving at the hospital, I remember some voices, but nothing I remember, I think I thought, so this is what it's like to be dead!
                                      I woke up the evening in ICU, they had performed a cardiac catheterization on me and the news wasn't good, three arteries blocked the the fourth partially blocked, not good to say the least.
                                      The doctors came around to see me and told me I had been shocked nineteen times and what I experienced was what the called a fibrillation "storm", I asked if being shocked nineteen times was unusual, She said not when You have a "storm", but it's unusual to have a storm.
                                      I spent 3 days in ICU and 2 days on the floor, I was discharged Friday afternoon, if that's not a miracle that still I'm here, it's a miracle I was close to My house, it's miracle i didn't wreck or hit someone else, now if those aren't miracles I don't know what is.
                                      Saturday morning about nine o'clock My defibrillator alarm goes off and I thinking please, please don't do this again, I can't take it and I won't make it this time, I call 911 and the EMT's show up, I get in back and they do a EKG and tell me the chart looks go and wether I want to go to the ER, I decline and had an uneventful Saturday, Sunday morning is another alarm, I don't do anything and Monday I go in to have the device interrogated for events, there are none, the alarm was for a low battery, I guess so, they must put Optima in these things the way they kick.
                                      The 21st I have to go in for outpatient surgery to replace my implant, the doctor was surprise I could put two clear sentence's together after the last time She saw Me, Yesterday I went to Atlanta to have the alarm disabled, but this thing's still active, it's like walking around with a bomb in my chest that could go off at anytime, I take things very easy now, no alcohol, different diet, the end is inevitable but I want to prolong it a much as I can.
                                      ( I wrote this today)
                                      As you see, I'm still kickin', but I know the next time it goes off, I'm dead, hard to live with, but still better than the taste of dirt!
                                       
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                                      • missing linc

                                        missing linc Loose nut behind the wheel

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                                          Keep on kickin bro! You got another 20 years in you if they can get the implant workin right!
                                           
                                        • Krooser

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                                          Dec 20 was #2....previous Sunday was #1.

                                          Put a stent in on the 20th. Didnt go to the ER the first time. Now I know.
                                           
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