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My diary, 6 months & 2 stents update

I’m at 6 months since my heart attack, old post below, bit like a diary I guess, I hope it helps someone.............

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.


August and finally feel ready to return to work, went to London to complete an excercise tolerance test as part of my return to work process, basically run on a treadmill for 9 mins and then push for the last 3 mins to my max heart rate.

Quite reassuring to have 2 cardiac doctors with me in the room armed with a defibrillator !

Got to 175 BPM and told to stop, past test and ready to go back to work hopefully beginning of October. This was not a NHS examination, my employer provided it.

October, 2 weeks light duties around the fire station catching up on training and so on, placed fully fit and operational.

Even been passed fit to return to the lifeboat too, so feeling very optimistic about things, still having the odd twinge but they are getting less and less.

Medication working well, still running 3 miles 2-3 times a week and have noticed my recovery rate is so much better than before the heart attack.

November, couple of light headed spells, think I’ve strained my chest again in the gym, my own fault. but back to the doctors and ask for an ECG as I’m a bit worried but he reassured me and has arranged the ECG and blood test for tomorrow.

I’ll be honest, this week has been bit of a set back but I’m guessing I’m getting too cocky again and my body decides to tell me otherwise.

I guess I’ll spend the rest of my life worrying, since all this I have HA part of my life I have heard many stories of people who didn’t make it so I’m thankful I’m still here.

My wife still very stressed about the whole thing still and I tend to forget that, I must try harder.

Still trying to eat well but that old devil chocolate has worked his way back.

Overall, if the ECG goes well tomorrow, I can’t grumble.

Like I said, hope this helps someone.


5 Replies

Hi Carlo.

Thanks for sharing, an awful lot I can relate to in there as well. I too have been to Basildon in a lovely flashing blue light ambulance when I succumbed to a chest infection four months post op. Hope tomorrow goes well for you

Good luck



Sounds like you have worked hard and made great progress all round, including learning to listen to your body. Hope ECG results reassure you and your return to work continues to go well. All the best x


Hi thank you for your post update lovely to read your doing so well. Good luck with ECG . I know that even when I do positive thinking I feel happier in myself I sleep better and look forward to my upcoming cruise...but as soon as I feel an odd twinge or ache then along come the negative thoughts again and I'm back two steps . Reading others posts I think a lot of us have the same worries and its part of our lives now. You sound fit and well I am sure the ECG is just to reassure you . Wishing you well


ECG all ok, happy days!


Great news, glad to hear it! :)


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