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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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shoeskiman responded:
Hi Idaniels5620,
We are both lucky to be around this year! I too had a heart attack, but my blockage dissolved when they put the catheter into clot area.
I just was released from rehab before Christmas...I do not have high cholesterol or any other risk factors (only family history.)
Can you get into a cardiac rehab program? (If your insurance doesn't cover it there is a major expense.) The lessons they taught me were excellent and I now feel in control of my future.
(I had more than one cardiac incident and ended up with an ICD, so it was important to learn what I can do and what to watch for.)
There is also a national organization called mended hearts that has local chapters. There are monthly meetings and the one here just started in December (Waukesha area of Wisconsin.) Many of the people there are very friendly and sharing and discussing issues and solutions is very gratifing.
I always wear a Heart Rate Monitor so I know when I hit the 30 BPM increase for 45 minutes with the 5 minute warm up and cool down (very important.)
I hope this helps!
 
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James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
Cardiac rehabilitation is such a fantastic idea. Studies show that it helps people live longer, healthier lives. I really believe it will help set you up for success!!
 
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kimmierock responded:
Dear Idaniels~
I know it can be scary to exercise but it is necessary. I started having heart attacks when i was 49 years old, i am now 56. The first heart attack was 100% blocked in a main artery in the rear of my heart, the second heart attack was from a blocked stint {i am one in thousands that has that occur} the DR.inserted a stint inside that stint, then the stint blocked a third time 100%, plus two other blockages that were 95%, that was in September of 2012. I did take it easy for a while, just walking and getting my strength back, slowly easing back into my exercise routine. I am biking on a recumbent bike, dancing to Zumba and doing a water aerobics class twice a week all at a level where i feel comfortable. Fear is a strong deterrent to getting back to health, trust in the Lord to help you along. Where i live there is no cardiac rehab, so trusting in the Lord for the next breath i take and my exercise. I will be praying for you. Kim
 
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Marty39 replied to shoeskiman's response:
I too am active in Mended Hearts. When I was youngerww a doctor told me I would not die of heart disease - why? because I walked a lot. I have never had a serious heart attack, but years later, approaching the age of 65, I had a chest pain like I never had before, I had angioplasty, and shortly after reaching the age of 65, I had a stent and then a double bypass, and about 10 years later I had three more stents. Now at the age of 81 I wear a heart rate monitor when I do a Tabata workout, not to stay in a "safe range" but to see how far above my "maximum heart rate" I can get. My heart rate goes higher if I skip the Tabata workout for a couple of days - which shows how fast you can lose fitness when you don't work out. I'm not qualified to give medical advice, but I can tell you I didn't do the full four minutes when I started doing Tabata - I worked up to it. And I can tell you to be happy you didn't need open chest bypass - it took me three months to fully recover. I learned from Mended Hearts, first, once a heart patient always a heart patient, then, there is life after heart attack, and finally, "a" Mended Hearts motto: "It's great to be alive - and to help others!"


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