When did you have your heart attack? New discovery suggests why mornings may be deadly!

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-03-07 22:18:41 -0600
Started 2012-03-04 23:52:00 -0600

There has been a lot of speculation suggesting why many heart attacks occur in the morning. Now, a new discovery has shed light on why that might be true.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/544...

So the question si this, "What time of day did you have yout heart attack?"

HH


7 replies

Heart-Healthy-Bob
Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-03-05 22:50:29 -0600 Report

My heart attack came in two waves (so it may have been multiple attacks). At dinner time I was walking to a restaurant and felt chest pains, but they went away when I slowed down. Then at about 10:30 PM it really hit. So mine was in the second peak as well.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-06 23:53:17 -0600 Report

Bob,

Yup, classic signs and progression. WHat was it like when "the big one" hit?

HH

Heart-Healthy-Bob
Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-03-07 00:15:07 -0600 Report

Also classic: Chest pain, pain in my left arm, a little nausea, breathlesness, and a desire to lie down, which I did as close to the door as I could without traversing the stairs.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-07 21:55:34 -0600 Report

Bob,

About 1/3 of heart attack victims die before they get to the hospital. What do you (or your doc) feel was key to your survival?

HH

Heart-Healthy-Bob
Heart-Healthy-Bob 2012-03-07 22:18:41 -0600 Report

I told my wife right away and she called 911, then I took an aspirin, lay down on the floor close to the door, and followed instructions when they arrived. While I was in the ambulance I went into cardiac arrest, and they used the paddles to bring me back. I think the key to my survival was that I was in the ambulance before I went into cardiac arrest, so the attendant could take action as soon as it happened. If it had happened before the ambulance arrived at our door, who knows what would have happened.

That wasn't the end of it though — a day after the attack the doctors still were not sure that I would make it. I've discussed what they did in another post, but the key there was getting my oxygen up using a CPAP machine. Great creative thinking!

LennyDenny
LennyDenny 2012-03-05 08:28:47 -0600 Report

Morning HH
I read the article, I guess I would fall into the second peak that he speaks of because my heart attack happened at about 6:30 at night. Then he was speaking of two patient populations. I think I would be in the second group becaus I was what the dr. called young when I had my heart attack. I was only 52 at the time. Either way it was a good article.

Denny

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-03-05 20:19:12 -0600 Report

Denny,

Yeah, it's kind of a bimodal distribution with the larger hump to the left. I guess at the end of the day it doesn't matter when you have a heart attack. It's all about avoiding the first one and stopping the next one!

HH