A little inspiration hopefully, 51 years old Firefighter, very active runner and cyclist, not big drinker, not overweight, stopped smoking 10 years ago, not that bad a diet, that was until 27th April when I found myself in Basildon Cardio having 2 stents fitted.
To say I was in a state of disbelief would be an understatement, discharged after 3 days, the hospital was amazing, personally I can't thank the NHS enough.
It hits your loved ones hard too, my wife went through hell and I didn't really understand it because I was so wrapped up in how I was feeling. Mr Selfish feeling sorry for himself.
Once home, I felt completely isolated from any sort of advice or guidance other than what I found on the internet.
The hard bit was being told to rest, I didn't quite realise how much rest they meant, typical male found myself back in hospital 3 weeks after with a free paramedic fast car drive, discharged the same day, nothing wrong other than "overdoing it".
Started cardio rehab on week 6 and it was fantastic to do some sort of fitness again, the team here in Clacton on Sea are amazing.
Now 3 months in, 3 weeks left of cardio. I have an option to do another 4 weeks which I will be doing.
I'm currently back to running for 30 minutes very slowly and cycling but I feel I've turned the corner.
Any advice,...... research your medication, I had the Ramipril cough which was a nightmare, changed to Candesartan and the cough went within a few weeks, you will bleed more than normal if you cut yourself and you will bruise very very easily.
The biggest problem for me was in my head, anger, resentment, depression to start with, it does go, as you improve your moods do.
I still get running twinges and feelings throughout the day and they do scare me, also if I push to hard I know it the next day.
Do cardio classes, don't skip them.
Im still worried that every twinge is another heart attack, but that's part of it I suppose.