I suffered a massive heart attack last month. I'm an electrician and my job requires strenuous labor in extreme heat and a lot of stress. I have read many different things on this, and they all differ. Mainly due to different people having different types of jobs. I know my doctor will tell me, but I don't see him for another three weeks, and its makin me lose sleep worrying about it. Any advice?View Thread
I go to the orientation for cardiac rehab on monday. Thanks for the advice on the diet. Having to modify EVERYTHING in my life has been no easy task. Quitting cigarettes was by far the hardest thing I have ever had to do, and I don't feel like the battle is quite won as of yet. I haven't had a puff since Sept.13, and it hasn't gotten any easier yet. I'm sure that one day it will.View Thread
I'm 33 years old, and suffered a massive heart attack three weeks ago. I flatlined four times over the course of the next 24 hours and had to recieve a total of 13 shocks with a defibrillator to bring me back. After an angiogram it was determined that my LAD was 90% clogged so the Cardiologist placed a stent in my artery. I was released from the hospital a week later. Before my heart attack I was a heavy smoker with a bad diet, and used a lot of stimulants (energy drinks, otc energy supplements, etc). I have not had any of these things since my release. My family has been a great support system for me, and have pushed me into bettering my diet and habits. But I wonder if maybe they are going a little overboard? Everything they buy now is low sodium, caffiene free, no red meat, skim milk, etc. I know that you can never be too healthy, but is it all completely necessary? I have given up smoking (which I believe to be one of the main problems as I smoked 2 packs a day) and energy drinks (which I believe to be the other big problem), but is such a strict diet necessary? I am very new to all of this as I have never been sick in my life or hospitalized. Looking for any advice available. ThanksView Thread
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