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Tips for heart-attack survivors

A close friend just had a heart-attack. He's only 52 and is scared that he won't ever be able to have sex again without worrying about a second attack. He had stents put in 2 arteries and is on high blood pressure meds and cholesteral med. He's depressed and feels like his life is over. Please...any advice?
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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His life is not over. They told me I didn't have a heart attack but I have two stents plus all the meds. I was too annoyed to be scared, I was really mad because I had given up smoking a year before and was always aware of fats in food etc. and took great care of my diet and look years younger than my real age. I put my heart scare down to stress as I had a very stressful time for a couple of years before I had to go to hospital. I know it's crazy but I still believe if I had been smoking I would not have been so stressed. I was told we all have fat plateletts in our system and when we are stressed the fight or flight thing starts and the plateletts are there to give us strength to run or fight and if we do neither, as in being stressed, the fat just cloggs up the arteries. Well my cholesteral was 3.5 which is not bad and I put that down to Benecol (light) which I had been taking since it came on the market. I have been given Lipitor which is a cholesteral med but I am still taking Benecol and Actimel every day and can't wait to see what the next test would be. None of my doctors said to stop. One said he didn't think it worked and was expensive but since it is my body and I am paying I will continue. Then I had to go to a cardio exercise class for a few weeks. I dreaded the idea and made myself sick thinking about it but since the doctors and nurses were giving their time to help me I went along and found it very enjoyable. There were a few scared ladies there and a few like me who hated the whole idea and wanted to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I was out and about getting at least a half hour walk every day, and I remember pruning hedges and pulling ivy out of them when at one of the classes one lady told the nurse she was doing everything she was told, like not going up hills and such. I nearly fell off the exercycle.I told the nurse that I lived in a place with slopes everywhere and I had been out and about, and about working in the garden . She asked the usual...any breathlessness?...any pain or discomfort in my chest? I answered no to all so she said "Well you seem to be handling it alright".My husband bought a treadmill for me and I use it every day sometimes for an hour and sometimes just half hour. I have never used the Nitrolingual spray but I bring it in my bag. Anyway its only to relax the bloodvessels nothing to be scared about, it will be there if I ever need it end of story. That other woman who didn't walk slopes said she used the spray every time she left the house. Nurse was very surprised but did not tell her to stop. I suppose she would be afraid if something happened, then the woman would say nurse said to stop.Anyway I have never felt the need for it. One nurse used always say to me "Listen to your body". I know I have rambled on but it's just to say how I handle it Your friend will probably go to the gym classes and do the stress test and chat to the psychologist and the chemist, (who in my case looked about 12 years old)to explain about his meds.I would love to have the meds reduced but I don't think the doctors do that unless I can get my bloodpressure down and the cholesterol even lower. I am working on it. One thing I do not do is scared. I am regretful that it happened.Doctor said I am lucky that there are people out there who could go at any minute but that I am lucky because I am strong now that I have the stents.....oh really...I should probably be in bed now but this answers thing has me here.Love to your friend. His doctor will have a talk to him, and look at it this way....he can have all the sex in the world he wants...why wouldn't he , hasn't he got his stents and his meds and his spray. If my doctor is to be believed he is in better shape now than before the op. and that groin wound is so tiny it will heal in no time at all. I was black and blue and purple for weeks but it was all ok in no time at all. Please tell him not to worry and give him lots of hugs. I forget about the stupid thing and get all het up now and again over something stupid that happens in the world and lose the cool so if I was going to drop down dead I think I would have done so before now. I will be thinking of you. God Bless.
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