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Unexpected Heart Attack

Hi All,

I had an unexpected heart attack and as a result of the anoigram it was discovered I have a tear and blockage in my heart and a stent was put in. I am now on a number of medications to help reduce the remaining clot and manage the situation. I am 34 very healthy and active so came as a complete shock and just getting used to it all.

Best Wishes

Marie

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Hi and welcome. It certainly is a lot to take in when you have a heart related issue. I trust that being young fit and active you will be well placed to make the most of your treatment and and any possible cardiac rehab that you might be offered. Stay positive, talk to people and use this site as there is a wealth of experience and encouraging stories to draw on.

Best wishes

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Hi thank you for your kind words and I will take your advise and keep all posted of progress

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Hi Marie. Sorry to hear of your heart attack. It’s a shock and traumatic. Unfortunately heart disease doesn’t make any special consideration for anyone. Access all the support that’s available. You will be offered cardiac rehab classes so take them up they’re great for confidence building as Nathan says this site is good. The BHF have some great resources and a helpline if you need to talk to someone. The trauma of it all will subside over time. You may want to access counselling if you need to talk I did and it helped enormously. Take care and keep us posted. Zena

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Hi Zena thanks you are absolutely right. I am actually attending my first rehabilitation session today which is really great to help build my confidence again take care and will keep you all posted

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What a shock it must have been for you? Very difficult, especially at your age. One small consolation....I’m sure they will now have you on good preventive meds? and also have you on their radar for regular monitoring.

I found it took a while to accept such an event. But you do come out the other side, and, for me, I’ve now taken the opportunity to do things rather differently.

Let us know how you get on.

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It was a terrible shock and at the time I didn’t realise what it could be when I was told I was shocked and couldn’t contemplate it. I have good meds now that are helping to control the situation and will be meeting with a cardiac specialist so will keep you posted

Thanks for your message and I will keep you posted

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Hi Marie,

I am sorry to hear of your experience

You may find this article helpful . The nurses on the BHF helpline are also a valuable source of support.

blog.bhf.org.uk/what-its-li...

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Thanks a million for this

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Hi Marie. There are lots of young/youngish people on this forum who can relate to your shock, myself included. As others have said, being otherwise fit and healthy will help you in your recovery and the doctors will monitor you closely and take very good care of you now that they have a diagnosis of the problem. Keep posting if you have any questions or concerns - you can almost guarantee someone else on the forum will have been through similar and we are all happy to share our experiences. And do call the BHF Helpline if you want to talk to someone with medical know-how and a sympathetic ear. Lots of love x

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Hi Laura Thanks a for your message and insight it has been very useful. Once we get to the route of the cause this will be very helpful I will definitely keep you all posted of progress best wishes x

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Hi Marie. I may be jumping to conclusions here, but was the blockage caused by the tear (trying to heal itself as it were) or is it a build up of plaque, and did the doctor say your arteries were clear otherwise? This happened to me a couple of years back (although I am much older!) and eventually it turned out I'd had a 'SCAD' (spontaneous coronary artery dissection). This sounds much scarier than it usually is!! Have a look at this site scad.lcbru.le.ac.uk/ and see what you think. Have a word with your cardiologist if you can - unfortunately this is an uncommon condition and many are still not fully aware of it!! The cause for my heart attack was described pretty much like yours at the time. It is the main cause of heart attacks in young fit women. Good luck :). (Sorry if I've gone off on the wrong tack completely!)

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Hi Joany thanks for your very useful message a matter of fact this was mentioned whilst I was in hospital and the consultant will be investigating this further. Thanks a million for for well wishes I will keep you posted of progress x

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Pleased to be of help! I was one of the few unlucky ones that had a second event (20 months after the first) but if that hadn't happened I would have been no wiser. This angers me when I think about it as there is quite a bit of information & support out there if you actually have a name for what happened to you!! If you go to the website I gave a link for you will see a section called 'Patients & Family' and under 'Interesting Links' there is one for a Facebook support page, where you will find many young women around your age. There is also an opportunity to take part in their research programme which is trying to find out a cause for this uncommon heart problem. xx

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Thanks again joany and sorry to her of the second event very useful and great support best wishes x

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Hi Marie

Sorry to hear about your shocking experience. I am glad you've found the forum and I hope you are finding it helpful to hear from other people in similar situations. I am 29 and was healthy when I had a cardiac arrest out of the blue in early April.

It's incredibly unsettling to have your own mortality smack you in the face isn't it!? It will take time to process and you will have some crap days, so go easy on yourself and seek out support. I've found ppl really helpful on here. Don't worry if you don't get all the jargon - I still don't!

Wishing you all the best in your recovery,

Alice x

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Hi Alice thanks for your message sorry to hear about your situation also. Hope you are doing ok now or getting there. Very unsettling and shocking I still don’t understand it. I have found this site very very useful and it’s really nice to find somewhere where we can support each other

Best Wishes

Marie x

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