Reversable Heart Attack

By tankmom Latest Reply 2012-05-08 23:40:33 -0500
Started 2012-04-29 22:11:43 -0500

I just found out today that a gal I have known for some time had a Reversable Heart Attack. She was at 35% efficiency when this first happened, about 6 months ago. She is now at 75% and her goal is 100%. I have never heard of this. Is there anything a person should know to know this has happened as she had no symptoms. Her enzymes were normal, she had not had any pain until almost 12 hours into it. She had had a very traumatic experience before this happened. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

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Maja1959 2012-05-01 07:37:15 -0500 Report

Tankmom your story is very interesting. It would be interesting to hear from your friend about her experience. I have 20-25% before my defibrillator and now they say I have 30-35%. I am always tired. I have dilated cardio myopathy and I am 52. It would be nice to have more energy. I am on disability and I HATE to sit home. I love to be active but find it hard to find energy and concentrate on things. I would love to know what she did to up her ejection? I hear exercise might help so today I plan to walk on the treadmill every day for half hour if not more if I can handle it. Then also my cardiologist said my cpap might help. I got a second opinion on my cpap and that doc said they would not give me a machine it was so mild. I pull it off in the middle of the night not knowing and throw it on the floor. I hate this machine. But i have an echo on May 29 and a cardiologist on May 31st and thought well lets try and see what I can do different. So I am going to try to do this for the month and see if it makes a difference. I realize that I may have to do this long term. Idk. It did not help before. But I am going to try and see if anything changes. Say a prayer it works. Thanks for your thoughts.

tankmom 2012-05-02 23:10:50 -0500 Report

Maja, Not knowing if what you have and she have are the same. I do know she has been staying away from caffeine and fatty foods. If I find out anything more I will let you know. And, yes she is walking more as she has not been approved to drive. She is , or should I say was involved in small town politics which related to some of the stress that had built up prior to the incident. As far as having to do exercise long term, it is not as all bad if you look at it as an investment in your health. I go 3 times per week and have 3 different routines from weight lift, strengthening, aerobic, treadmill and eliptical. Good luck to you and hope all goes well for you. God bless.

HeartHawk 2012-05-08 23:40:33 -0500 Report


You've been busy this week. Keep up the good work! This type of first-hand experience is priceless. Letting people know what has happened to others and what they have done in terms of treatment is exactly the "medicine" we all need.


tankmom 2012-04-30 10:29:29 -0500 Report

Thank Hawk. I knew I could deend on you to clarify. She did say she was kept on monitor and after maybe 12 hours later she did feel a slight pain in her chest which triggered something to the medical staff.
I had had multiple TIA's over a period of timeand in 2004 when I had the 3rd one that I knew of an employee called 911 and there too, nothing showed up but it was still pursued because of the numbing I had. They had known for some time that I had a murmur, but it wasn't until 2008 that they found the amount of calcium buildup around the mitral valve. When I had the valve replacement, it was a "whew, we did it just in time type". Calcium buildup was very severe. Timing is everything in God's plan for us.

HeartHawk 2012-04-29 22:39:49 -0500 Report


"Silent" (pain free) heart attacks are fairly common but the newer troponin enzyme tests are extremely sensitive to cardiac damage so negative tests are rarer (but not unheard of) in the case of real heart attacks but they do not reach peak levels for about 12 hours so what your friend experienced might be quite natural.

Normally, heart muscle damage is irreversible but the remaining muscle can be made stronger. It is also possible that the initial damage was not very severe and that little muscle was actually destroyed.


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