August 16, 2012
Courtesy ”Rehabilitate Your Heart”
July 2, 2012
It’s been two months to the day since my heart attack — here’s an update:
So far, I am asymptomatic except I still tire easily. Since I am still taking a heavy dose of medications designed to keep my heart from working too hard, it’s difficult to walk inclines — flat or downhill no problem. Plus I am somewhat short-tempered. People who know me have noticed.
I participate in monitored cardiac rehab 3x a week which means I am sore most of the time. This may have to do with the heavy dose of statins that I am on, as well.
I am down 20lbs to 165lbs and trying to keep it there or even just a bit lower. Cheese and organ meats are out entirely; I still enjoy wine but candidly the flavors are different now so have been cutting back. Also cutting back on carbs as much as I can — difficult. Lots of salad lately. I am especially fond of the “big bowl” salad with tuna at The Creperie (corner of Polk and Washington). Very light dressing and the tuna is made without mayonnaise (as far as I can tell).
Naturally I’ve been sharing ideas with other cardiac patients. I have found that many have not suffered heart attacks as I did but we’re alerted by symptoms or by their physician during an annual exam. Sadly, not my fate. My heart is damaged and I am doing all I can to rehabilitate it.
I am up between 530a and 6a daily — this allows me to call over to east coast clients for Informedika. I tend to tire out around 4p — this is vastly improved from a month ago when I was napping all afternoon.
My next ECHO is mid-July; I am hoping for 50% or higher. Perhaps my drug regimen can be modified at that time, as well.
May 9, 2012
ST segment elevation myocardial infarction
Last Wednesday morning I had a massive heart attack. As you can see above, the LAD was 100% blocked and is not even visible on the initial cath scan. In the past, this type of cardiac event has been called “the widow maker” and prompted open heart surgery. In my case, I was able to have a stent placed.
Thanks to my wife and CPMC, I am recuperating at home now.