Hi my name is Steve. I have been on the site a couple of weeks I haven’t written anything. Just been looking at threads from other people. I lost 11 stone on weight 5-6 years ago but have always lived a healthy lifestyle food wise eating lots of fruit and veg and not smoking or drinking and work in the NHS so physically active. To my shock and surprise having had a full annual check up with the gp including ecg, blood pressure 110/70 heart rate 75 and all bloods coming back normal I was at work when I had pains in my jaw. These were quite bad and I came home and went to sleep. Rang my doctor who called an ambulance straight away. The ECG showed everything normal apart from a right bundle branch block which wasn’t there the week before. The blood test showed troponin levels were high which they said was a mild heart attack.
Was kept in and had a echocardiogram and 2 days later was sent to barts for an angiogram and there was 40-50% blockage in the right coronary artery and blood was still flowing. They said it was an NSTEMI attack. The overall condition of the heart was good and I only lost 2-3% of the left ventricular ejection fraction which could come back with exercise. They said that could have happened over the last few years but they just didn’t know.
The cardiologist said everything went well and was a good result. My lifestyle changes are already good but need to exercise more and take new medication which I do (normal heart meds) but only on 1.25 of Bisoprolol.
Physically I feel fine and waking 12 minute miles which I was told was too fast to start off with. Waiting for cardio rehab which starts in 2 weeks. Having run various support groups both at work and privately I’m always reluctant to look for or give advice because when giving advice I don’t know peoples history or results and they don’t know mine so just a little wary of non-generic advice.
All I do know is because of the I already lead eating between 8-10 fruit and veg. Lots of chicken and fish and occasional red meat with no fat once a fortnight and now salt I should be ok.
My biggest problem is that my body hasn’t caught up with my mind and I guess because it is new to me and unexpected which no heart disease in the family I’m still quite shocked. I know all the up and down feelings I am having are normal and not knowing the future can be quite daunting. Whereas before the attack I never thought about such things.
One question is do have is the cardio rehab I’m going to be doing twice a week. Is it really hard work?
I’m 67 years of age and looking forward to getting back to work where I shall be surrounded by doctors and nurses but will keep it very quiet.
There’s one thing I’m left with which they can’t find a cause for are massive palpitations every other beat. They don’t show on the ecg and the Holter monitor shows ectopic. Have had them for a number of years but they have been worse lately.