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Life after a heart attack

Life after a heart attack

Hi. My names is James. I am 35 years of age. September 2016 I had two heart attacks and two strokes.i had to have a stent in my Lv. Since I have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease,unstable angina,fibromyalgia,hypertension as well as other things. I take 18 tablets a day as well as pain relief. I have gone from being fit as a fiddle to struggleing to get out of bed. I also lost my mum to the same thing 4 months before at the age of 62. So pretty shite.

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Like you say pretty shite. Looking at your picture you at least have a little one to look out for you so that must help. I like you I take a variety of tablets each day a total of 14 plus pain killers ie paracetamol sometimes up to 8 a day. I’m still recovering from 3 cardiac arrests, last one back in 2014 & still suffering from the after effects. I lost my job, I was captain of high speed catamarans across the Solent for 17 years. So life’s a bit of a bummer to say the least. To top it all I contacted sepsis back in 2016 when I went into hospital with kidney stone problems & ended up staying 52 days in hospital. It should have been 3 days max!! I have since lost the top of my index finger & thumb on my right hand due to sepsis . Life can only get better. Keep your chin up & keep posting to this sight, I find it helps to get it off my chest every now & then. Sorry for the long post lol 😂

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Hi James,

Really sorry to hear about your issues. Some practical steps for your heart conditions, how often, if ever, have your meds been reviewed? How often do you see your cardiologist? Certainly the medications should be at least offering some relief from your coronary heart disease, the unstable angina is a totally different matter. have you read this from the BHF bhf.org.uk/publications/hea... and bhf.org.uk/-/media/files/pu...

Do you manage to do any exercise? Walking at least? What about changes to your diet?

Love the picture tho

Mark

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Hi James,

That's a lot to go through, I'm really sorry to hear that. How are you doing?

If you need any support don't hesitate to get in touch with our cardiac nurses at the BHF: bhf.org.uk/heart-health/how...

We also have some information on life after a heart attack: healthunlocked.com/bhf/disc...

Agree with skid112 on the picture, super cute!

:)

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Thank you Helen. Yea I’m not to bad. Just constantly either out of breath or tired. And to top it I have just been told I have a bicuspid valve??.which is also going to have to be monitored.o yea. And another tablet to add to the millions I already take. And thank you I love my little boy. He’s the best. But he is only 1 of 6. 😬

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