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Initial post: Jan 2, 2012 12:45:40 PM PST
I was hospitalized witha "small heart attack" on one side of my heart the day before Christmas. Now I am awakened at night with palpitations so violent that they hurt - - they go on for two to three hours at a time. It's like being beat up on my insides. Anyone know anything about this? I would appreciae any insights anyone can offer. (I see my doc later this week. )

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 6:23:08 PM PST
YTWong says:
I would recommend reading Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish's books... They have both helped Bill Clinton and many others.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure
Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery

Doctors Explain Healthy Way for Bill Clinton's Dramatic Weight Loss
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoHt9cSWJVI

The Last Heart Attack -- CNN Dr. Sanjay Gupta full Documentary
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Unn7LjFkI

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 7:11:05 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2012 8:12:36 PM PST
ace™ says:
jipsii, i would call my doc right away... tomorrow morning... instead of waiting until later this week (unless "later" is tomorrow). or, if it's that bad tonight, dial 911 and find out if you can talk to someone about your issue... or have the paramedics check you out.

i will tell you, also, that i had a stroke december '08 and after i got out of the hospital, i had STRONG feelings, often more than once a day, that i was about to have another stroke... it was VERY scary!

i talked to my doc about it and he explained that my brain was over-compensating for the physical attack it had suffered. it was a case of heightened awareness to ANY, even small, symptom that might not even mean anything. i also have a disc problem in my neck, which can cause tingling in my fingers... and that would set off the HORRID feeling that i was about to have another stroke. it got to where i was so scared (before i talked to my doc) that i was about ready to call 911.

your symptoms are more physical than than mine were... and a different part of your body was attacked, but your brain can still CAUSE sensations based on its perception that your heart is weakened. the brain is more powerful than we realize.

still... do NOT take a chance that this is nothing.

call your doc ASAP in the morning! please? for me?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 8:15:39 PM PST
ace™ says:
while the reading/youtube list you posted sounds good, they are long-range helps, not immediate.

jipsii needs immediate help, which hopefully will be a doctor.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 8:45:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2012 8:46:21 PM PST
YTWong says:
Oh yes, I agree.

Thought he was already in the hospital based on the first sentence...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2012 10:23:54 PM PST
ace™ says:
i haven't been in the hospital for a couple years... and don't have any smartphone thingy or the like... so didn't know you could have internet access from the hospital.

besides, if hospitalized, wouldn't one just tell the attending nurse/physician instead of posting on a website like amazon?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 7:19:01 AM PST
spookiewon says:
You NEVER ignore chest pain. Call 911 or have someone take you to the ER.

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 12:45:24 PM PST
ace™ says:
jipsii, are you OK??

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 3:15:13 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Sometimes folk ignore lots of pains if they know they can't do anything to help them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 5:09:40 PM PST
Hi Ace;
Yup, I'm okay. Thanks for asking. Just stunned and trying to assimilate what happened. Wasn't given much info and freaked my kids out, but I am fine, slowing acclimating to getting back to level. Trying to figure out what comes now. See my doc on Friday and maybe he will have some info. But, working on getting back to normal. I thought someone here might know what to expect in all of this.

I did learn that these nightly episodes are called tachycardia and it seems to run the range of comment from "serious" to "not serious," to "just cough to reset your heart rythm." So I will see doc and see what he says. Can't call him, his staff is the pits. But, I have nurses who stop to check on me and they will alert him if needed.

But, I am fine, just curious and stunned.

Need to reset my smartass. (I am working on that.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 5:12:39 PM PST
Ain't that the truth. My docs have been tracking this for years and I'm on all the meds they finally decided to put me one after about thirty years of this. So, I just work on getting thru the day.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 5:47:03 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2012 5:49:17 PM PST
ace™ says:
ok, glad to hear from you!

my doc is easier to reach... or, at least his nurse is, who's also very good... and the gals at the front desk all know my voice and they have become friends!
anyway, he's been my doc for over 20 years and i will HATE the day he retires. i mentioned that to him a couple months ago... he rolled his chair over close to me, leaned in, and said in a secretive voice (even tho we were alone) "acey, i have a 4 year old... i will NEVER retire!"

OMG... he's two years older than me and i'm so old i fart dust! LOL

also, on the less smartassy side, i sometimes get palpitations (broken tendon in mitral valve) and when i do, i take a deep breath, hold it and PUSH. it stops it almost immediately. kinda the same idea as a cough, but harder.

and please, DON'T reset your smartass. i love it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 5:51:16 PM PST
ace™ says:
"Sometimes folk ignore lots of pains if they know they can't do anything to help them."

almost sounds like you mean the pains... er.... trolls on some of the other threads... LOL!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 6:41:57 PM PST
"wouldn't one just tell the attending nurse/physician instead of posting on a website like amazon?"

No, I was already home by then - - a week later. I was too out of it to use my lap top in the hospital and that whole trip itself was surreal.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 6:53:55 PM PST
ace™ says:
i figured as such... it made no sense to post it here if you're in the hospital, hence my comment to YTWong.

and i agree with the surreal part... i was in for almost a week with my stroke. half my vision was gone... i couldn't close my eyes and touch my nose with right index finger... couldn't feed myself with my right hand... couldn't raise my right eyebrow (like i always did at my kids when they misbehaved.. they HATED "the eyebrow"!)
the nurses and docs kept waking me up, wouldn't let me eat or drink anything for the first 36 hours i was in. it was not fun. i never would have even thought about having hubby bring me a laptop. i was in a private room across from the nurses station. the tv and a book were my distractions. when i wasn't sleeping, that is... oh, and i lost 10 lbs because my diet was so restricted and nothing tasted good.

and when i got out, i had to give myself shots in the belly twice a day for a week until we got the warfarin dose under control. i NEVER want to go through that again!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 8:18:18 PM PST
Oh, thank you for your support and help. Your hold your breath was one thing also mentioned in the article I read, but I thought the one about coughing was easier to remember. (My memory is a bit "leaky" of late. )

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 8:20:49 PM PST
So, Ace, you have a bit of the old smartass in you too! One of the perks in aging!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 8:24:24 PM PST
Yeh, the hospital sux and is a plethora of idiotic contradictions - - tell you that you need rest, then keep waking you up, telling you to eat, then writing NPO (Nothing by mouth) on charts, etc. My doc says it is like "a big dysfunctional family." SOOO nice to escape.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 8:25:32 PM PST
Dandelion says:
You may have a valve problem or an arhythmia that can be treated with a heart medicine. You doctor can test and advise. If the cardio doctor finds nothing wrong with your heart except stress there are herbs than can help to regulate the heart beat. One very useful one is Chinese dan shen. But check with your doctor to find out the source of the problem. See more information about dan shen and other heart herbs at www.asianhealthsecrets.com
best of luck, Letha

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2012 9:02:42 PM PST
Letha;
Thank you. I will check this out. The problem is that they see these esoteric events and then not much else until really bad something happens. I am on all the heart meds they can give me for now + BP, etc. But, I will check out the herbs and run them by my doc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2012 5:31:54 AM PST
YTWong says:
Yea ace, we have internet access at the hospital (especially private hospitals where I am).

jipsii, good to hear you're okay. Read those books I mentioned and I hope they will help you if you decide to follow those doctors' advice. In time you will have a healthier heart.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 7:40:01 AM PST
Mostly Quiet says:
Jipsii,
I went to Mayo, finally, after having heart issue after heart issue, and it being improperly diagnosed. They totally changed the meds, and gave it not one but two names, (two problems). I feel alot better. Some of the heart meds really drag you down

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2012 7:10:08 AM PST
spookiewon says:
Ignoring chest pain after a heart attack isn't like ignoring back pain because it can't be fixed. And heart pain can be "helped."
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