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Survived the "widowmaker"

rlpomeroyrlpomeroy Member Posts: 474 Member Member Posts: 474 Member
I was riding in Missouri this weekend (from Minnesota) and ended up in the ER with chest and back pain. Turns out that I had apparently had a heart attack some time in the previous 24 hours. They put 2 stents in my heart. How is this a victory? In the past 6 months, I have lost 40 pounds and been walking 3-7 miles a day. The Drs told me that it may be that is why I was able to survive the type of heart attack that is commonly called a "widowmaker". 3 days after the procedure and I am felling better than I have in a long time!

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  • A_New_CreationA_New_Creation Member Posts: 157 Member Member Posts: 157 Member
    That is amazing my friend. Happy to hear you made it through and great work on the weight loss.
  • jamesha100jamesha100 Member Posts: 202 Member Member Posts: 202 Member
    That's an inspiring story. Best wishes your future journey towards a healthy future.
  • AKTipsyCatAKTipsyCat Member, Premium Posts: 189 Member Member, Premium Posts: 189 Member
    Great work! Glad you're still around!
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Member Posts: 2,561 Member Member Posts: 2,561 Member
    Good for you. And they likely weren't exaggerating.

    Dick Hoyt, the famous triathlete from Boston, that famously carried his son, Rick, around with him on the Boston Marathon and went on to be a legendary triathlete/Ironman (he just died recently) had that happen to him during a race. Docs said the same thing to him -- if he wasn't in such great shape, he would have died.

    I'm glad you're feeling better. I hope your road to full recovery goes well!
    edited June 9
  • MissMackOnTrack21MissMackOnTrack21 Member, Premium Posts: 23 Member Member, Premium Posts: 23 Member
    Amazing story. I’m so happy to read your ok and feeling well. Congratulations on losing 40 pounds. It sounds like it saved your life!
  • landa143landa143 Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member Member, Premium Posts: 1 Member
    That is fantastic! ask them to see your EKG, its really interesting because in many cases it looks like a grim reaper dissolving into a grave (I'm not kidding), I'm thrilled you survived, my brother in law was not so lucky. Stay after it! get into cardiac rehab and stay strong and fit! :)
  • suzij27suzij27 Member Posts: 153 Member Member Posts: 153 Member
    What an awesome story. Keep taking care of yourself.
  • rlpomeroyrlpomeroy Member Posts: 474 Member Member Posts: 474 Member
    EF was at 35% right before I was released. They are hoping I can get back to approximately 50%. The estimate is that I was at 25% when I got there. The LAD was 100% blocked. My heart had actually started to create another passage.
  • pabmacpabmac Member, Premium Posts: 39 Member Member, Premium Posts: 39 Member
    Wow, I’m so happy to hear you’re still here with us. I’m glad you were fit enough to survive. That sounds very scary!
  • Fancygirl76Fancygirl76 Member, Premium Posts: 21 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21 Member
    Oh my. How scary. What an inspiration you will be to so many. Glad it wasn't your time yet!
  • YellowD0gsYellowD0gs Member Posts: 487 Member Member Posts: 487 Member
    Welcome to the club! Great to be alive, isn't it? Just curious, with an EF of 35, did they give you a Zoll? Hope not...I hated the Zoll.
  • rlpomeroyrlpomeroy Member Posts: 474 Member Member Posts: 474 Member
    I don't know what a Zoll is. They put me on a couple of prescriptions, but didn't give me anything else. Since I was away from home, I will have to find a cardiologist to follow up with.
  • HenryhufflepuffHenryhufflepuff Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member
    Wow, well done on your weight loss and your recovery, so pleased you are still here! Your post is something that I will take with me, and remember when I feel like slipping. I have just joined today, morbidly obese and needing to turn my life around. All this time I've been housebound, terrified that Covid would finish me. It never occurred to me that I could have a heart attack. Thank you for posting this x
  • OnedaywriterOnedaywriter Member Posts: 258 Member Member Posts: 258 Member
    Wow- thanks. Sometimes I need a kick in the rear to get me moving and this was it for today!
  • Gisel2015Gisel2015 Member Posts: 3,864 Member Member Posts: 3,864 Member
    rlpomeroy wrote: »
    I don't know what a Zoll is. They put me on a couple of prescriptions, but didn't give me anything else. Since I was away from home, I will have to find a cardiologist to follow up with.

    I think that a Zoll is vest defibrillator. It would probably jolt you if you have another heart attack attack and put your heart back in sinus rhythms. But I don't know or think that it would be as precise as an actual defibrillator implanted in your chest cavity.

    I think that is a good idea to seek a good cardiologist and f/up further treatment, options, and care. You kneed to increase the ejection fraction. Glad that you are now doing well.
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