Heart Attack

I had a startling personal expierence regarding heart attacks.  I had one, November 17th, 2007.  My left anterior descending artery was 85% clogged.  My cholesterol was sky high.What is startling about that is, that 4 months prior to that heart attack my cholesterol, lipids, all blood work was better than the doctor I was seeing....more

Recognizing the Signs of a Heart Attack

Our family and friends recently descended on our parents’ house like a pack of swarming bees. Within a week, mom and dad were host to eleven adults, five dogs and one very spoiled grandson.  Between visits from Santa (who had to use a door vs. the roof), the cutthroat games of Scrabble and the amazing smells coming non-stop from the kitchen, we were fortunate to notice that something wasn’t right with dad....more

The day I saw my dad cry

It’s only happened a few times.  That I’ve seen.When his mom died, his dad, our sweet golden retriever Cookie, and my wedding day.And I quote his Father of the Bride speech, “I didn’t lose a daughter that day…I gained a bathroom.”  But his jokes didn’t fool me.  I saw his eyes when we had our dance.  For the 3 seconds I could handle looking before my heart was a puddle of mush on the floor.  Geeze, Dad, don’t cry.  I paid good money for this makeup job.  Or, wait.  Maybe it was your money....more

Chest Pain Sent Me To The ER At The Age of 43

I have an anxiety disorder that I treat with medication and therapy skills. I'm to the point now where I rarely have a full-fledged anxiety attack, but when I do it is physically awful. My chest hurts. I feel dread and adrenaline coursing through my body. I have trouble breathing. I usually cry and I just want to run as far away from the source of my anxiety as possible. Anxiety is about fight or flight and the desire to take flight and avoid the perceived stressor is very real and primitive....more

High blood pressure? Now they can remove the nerve connecting the kidney to the brain

I like to read about brain-related news because it's such a fascinating and complex enigma. And this new tidbit could save some lives (and/or neurons!) ...more

Heart Attack: Early Warning Signs for Women

Knowing the early warning signs of heart attack is critical. There are vital gender differences in the body’s early warnings that a heart attack may occur or is occurring....more

High Cholesterol at Any Age: The Genetic Disorder Behind My Early Heart Attack

I was out for dinner with friends one day when I unexpectedly began to feel faint. I became hot and started sweating profusely and my chest swelled with pressure.  I was only 40 and thought this might be a hormonal issue because I recently had a hysterectomy, so the following morning I went to my OBGYN. She gave me an EKG test and told me that I had a heart attack the night before. It was incredible! So incredible that my cardiologist didn’t want to believe it....more

Endurance

I don't sleep well at night, never have.  I did experience a time not too long ago,  when I did fall asleep at 11:00 PM and stay asleep until 6:00 AM.  I'm newly retired, I live far away from the daily stress I used to endure so I should be fine right?  I'm tired today, tired and trying to endure the fatigue that washed over me like a downpour of rain.  I must persevere though to endure.  I have the strength within my heart to make it, I just have to believe.  I feel like my heart and body betrayed me when I had my heart attack.  I still feel that way...more
"Weight that sticks to your ribs" - those words resonated with me because I've been working on ...more

The Heart of The Matter

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I have a friend who had a heart attack in her late 30's.  It was very scary, but thankfully it ...more

Heart Attacks at the Heart Attack Grill: Fast Food and Bad Decisions

Editor's update: ABC News reports that a second person has suffered a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grill this past weekend. The woman is recovering after "eating a double bypass burger, smoking cigarettes and having a margarita," according to ABC. -- Julie ...more
8,000-calorie burger? No thanks! People really need to be better informed on the impact fast ...more