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ldaniels5620 posted:
I'm a 54 year old female who just had a stint put in less then a week ago. I was exercising for 45 minutes and couldn't get my breathing under control, and couldn't stop sweating either. Then I started having pressure in my chest, throat, jaws, ears, and both arms. I thought it was a severe case of indigestion or heart burn. I never thought was having a heart attack, but I was! I never had chest pains, I exercised weekly, and took my cholesterol meds. I smoked for 35 years, and quit 3 years ago and never felt better. Within 48 hours of the heart attack I had a stint put in at the main artery to the heart. It was 99.9% blockage. I was scared then, and scared now. I hope I can get past it to exercise again. That is the one thing that scares me the most. I'm so scared to exercise again. I'm going to do the cadio rehab my DR wants me to , so I hope I can really get past this , because I'm only 54.
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billh99 responded:
Cardiac Rehab should be a real help for you in regaining your confidence.
 
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"I'm going to do the cadio rehab my DR wants me to"

Excellent!

Typically, cardiac rehab plays an important role in the overall recovery process, which is different for everyone, and at any age.

WebMD

Cardiac Rehab

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/tc/cardiac-rehabilitation-topic-overview

Mayo Clinic

Cardiac rehab: Building a better life after heart disease

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cardiac-rehabilitation/HB00017

Mended Hearts

Hope for recovery. Hope for a rich, full life.

For more than 50 years, Mended Hearts has been offering the gift of hope and encouragement to heart patients, their families and caregivers.

http://www.mendedhearts.org

Also, and especially when a heart attack has occured, one should know his/her left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), which is the single-most important clinical indicator of how well the heart is pumping, the amount of blood that is being forced out of the left ventricle (LV) with each beat.

Understanding Your Ejection Fraction

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/heart/disorders/heartfailure/ejectionfraction.aspx
Most important, coronary stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot treatment, as it doesn't address the disease process and what drives the progression.

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression) condition, requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,

CardioStar*

WebMD member (since 8/99)

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Living with Coronary artery disease (CAD)

CAD is a chronic disease with no cure. When you have CAD, it is important to take care of your...

This is especially true if you have had an interventional procedure or surgery to improve blood flow to the heart../It is up to you to take steps...

Recognize the symptoms......

Reduce your risk factors......

Take your medications......

See your doctor for regular check-ups......

http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/living-with-heart-disease

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Coronary artery anatomy

Starting with the LAD, the most critical, next to the ultra-critical LM.

http://www.heartsite.com/html/lad.html

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Heart-Healthy Foods

AVOID foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. CHOOSE skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. LIMIT servings to five to seven ounces a day. TRIM visible fat. Limit egg yolks. SUBSTITUTE two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. USE LESS salt and fat. SEASON WITH herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter.

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Good to know, for the primary/secondary prevention of heart attack/brain attack

Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, typically affecting the carotid, coronary, and peripheral arteries, which includes age, gender, genetics, diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second and thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).

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