I, myself, have not had a heart attack, thank goodness. But, unfortunately, my husband has. He had no warning before it happened. He was sitting in church and it just struck from out of nowhere. He started feeling short of breath and got up and went outside for some fresh air. Luckily, there was a physician in the church who immediately saw what was happening and gave him quick instructions to lie down and relax until an ambulance could be called.
After getting on the ambulance, he passed out and when he woke up, he was in emergency room. He went through a terrible ordeal, resulting in open heart surgery, which was successful, but later complications caused him to require two more surgeries and eventually, he ended up on life support.
Thank the lucky stars and the Good Lord above, he is fine, now. But, needless to say, it has changed his life in many ways.
First of all, his diet changed. He is not happy with his new diet, but he does live with it. He exercises more and tries to take all of his medications on time.
He also got a new perspective on life, itself. He started going to church and he stopped drinking alcohol and living dangerously. He used to enjoy playing “chicken” with trains and many other dangerous activities that I don’t even like to think about. All of that stopped. He began to see how precious life is.
He said he felt different after the heart attack, he said he didn’t have to try very hard to change his bad habits, he said it was actually very easy because of his new attitude.
His health has definitely improved, he has lost weight, he has more energy and he enjoys doing things with the family now, something he almost never did before.
He has also, unfortunately has had a battle with depression after his heart attack. The doctors have said that this is not unusual after a heart attack. He is taking medication for it and it helps a little, but despite the medications, he has been hospitalized a couple of times because the depression has gotten so bad.
He sees doctors at least once a month now, and keeps his self up to date on his condition. He is very involved in his own medical care. Before his heart attack he hardly ever went to the doctor. Getting him there once a year was a chore. He has become pro-active which is great for him and makes both me and his doctor very happy.
My only source is our personal experience.