I'm a 53 year old man, nonsmoker, run 10-15 miles per week, eat pretty well on average, am retired with little stress day to day, positive attitude kind of guy...however, I am finding it hard to realize and accept the significance of the gift I just received...my short story
After returning from vacation last month, I went on a run and felt funny after 1/2 mile, slowed down and it went away. It felt like maybe indigestion or heartburn, wasn't sure..we just got back from Mexico. The next day it happened again, and I stopped running and rested. The following day I felt a similar discomfort in the middle of my chest while having sex with my wife and told her about it. She called right away and got me an appointment the next day with my country GP doc, who after interviewing me ran an EKG and asked if I had a cardiologist. He referred one and got me an appointment for the next day (Friday before Memorial weekend) That doc normally doesn't make Friday appointments so I figured he wanted to do a stress test or something like that. I met with him and he shortly called the local Cath lab to get me in right away ( 2 hours later!) They did the heart cath and immediately spotted a 99% blockage in my LAD, called an heart surgeon to insert a stent and kept me overnite for observation. My Cardiologist told me how close I was to not surviving the weekend... Here is my dilemma...I did NOT suffer an catastrophic or painful "event" to trigger all this action. It was very minor discomfort and PURE DUMB LUCK that made this all happen. I am having a difficult time coming to terms with everything and realizing what a gift I was given. I feel fine and the same as before all this happened. I know I need to change diet and intellectually know what happened, I just havn't grasped the immense reality of my situation. I am not asking for attention or sympathy as others have suffered this malady and didn't make it or have severe damage. I have been a cheerleader to my middle aged friends about listening to your body, and not ignoring any signs or symptoms. I must assume that God has some work for me to do or complete somehow for me to have this happen and not have the dramatic and fearful crisis of a heart attack. I know I have bad family heart genetics and higher cholesterol, and was aware of the chances of something happening eventually, but I figured I would have some warning of some kind ( which I did) Anyway, for anyone else who has experienced this kind of blessing, I would like to hear from you...
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