Talking about your heart health issues is the best medicine

berrykins0
By berrykins0 Latest Reply 2012-08-08 20:37:18 -0500
Started 2012-01-02 07:54:33 -0600

Another's words when your having a certain issue that you don't have all the time. With a heart health issue that's when its very important. Don't stress yourself over the issue as this may make it worse than it already is.
What do you feel about it? I think it's great sense. This is such a wonderful site to do it on. I had a issue with my blood pressure being elevated and was put on different meds and felt better talking about it. Then it didn't seem to bother me as much. I have seen different discussions where people have also vented issues they were having about heart issues too. I like to give my support to them. That's kinda where I got the idea to put this discussion up and of course from my issue too.


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RedSun
RedSun 2012-08-07 08:01:48 -0500 Report

In March, I went in for a heart cath and ended up with a stent for an 85% blocked LADA. It shook me to my core as it was so unexpected. I still haven't gotten over the anxiety caused by this and my doctor acts as if I'm nuts for being so disturbed by it. I'm now on very expensive blood thinners and other drugs to counter the effects of the blood thinners. How is this something not to be upset over? I need to talk about it!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-07 23:24:59 -0500 Report

red,

I work with a cardiologist and they see so much of this everyday it does not seem unusual. It seems unusual to you and me because our experience is years of living with no heart problems.

It is absolutely OK to be upset as this experience has definitely upset the life you have lived for years. But, we do need to get past it. Imagine if you did not catch the blockage and keeled over of a heart attack! Being alive to talk about it is a "high class" problem in comparison.

The best way to get past it is to talk about it with others you can empathize and offer the value of their experience. Just knowing you are not alone is powerful medicine!

HH

RedSun
RedSun 2012-08-07 23:37:35 -0500 Report

Thank you for empathizing! I saw my family doctor today and she told me she has never, ever seen a stent or bypass patient who didn't suffer anxiety for months after the procedure. She said it goes to the core of our being because it is the heart. We all know we can live with one kidney, one lung, etc., but, when it comes to the heart, that all goes out the window and we begin to think about our mortality. The aftermath of these procedures is anxiety-inducing too, as I've gone from taking zero drugs (at 67, that's a real feat!) to a whole fist of them each day. I feel better tonight just knowing that this doctor is there for me while I recover.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-08 20:37:18 -0500 Report

red,

Heh, yeah, welcome to the "pill club." But, sounds like you have a great doc that treats the head as well as the heart and that is regretably all too rare!

If you ever want to talk this is the place!

HH