I had a minor heart attack!

So, wasn't feeling well..upper chest pain...a bit nauseous, so I checked my BP. It was 215 over 120! 

Since I was home alone with my son, I called 911. They came and gave me one of those tablets to lower BP. It not not work.(I am on BP meds).

They took me to ER and hooked me up. BP came down a bit after a while. After some blood tests, it was concluded the high BP affected the heart, release some sort of enzyme.

After a day in the hospital, I was transported to St. Francis ( one of the top heart hospitals in the US). They did an angio. My arteries were clear, just a couple minor buildup which I need to take care of with meds. My cholestorol is 121. Everything seems ok

Prognosis: Visit my doctor and have him adjust my BP meds. Seems my genetics have kicked in since my family history has plenty BP problems. I am relatively healthy, my numbers are good, just my BP is out of whack, the high BP affected my heart.

Thank Allah I am ok...I hope

 

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Hope everything gets back to normal soon Riff. My father suffered from high BP and strokes were his demise. I usually check mine occasionally and mine is always normal so far. If you ever feel sick and see signs of a stroke, get to the hospital as soon as possible. If you get there within the first three hours, you have an excellent chance of survival. After that, your chances diminish rapidly and even if you survive, you can suffer from brain damage and other complications. Get well soon.  

Riff, I wish you good health, cut down on the salt and red meat. Also do daily exercise, even if it is just 15 mins. Your BP reading seems quite high, normally it should be 120 over 80 , the bottom number is important, keep it under 90. The old saying, Watch what you eat.

Riff,

 

Happy to know that you are doing better. Take care of yourself for you do not want me to remind me of your family( father side) history of heart attacks. Too many of them died from that.

Will make dua for you and try to go to Jummah today, I should be at Hamza.

Mars posted:

Hope everything gets back to normal soon Riff. My father suffered from high BP and strokes were his demise. I usually check mine occasionally and mine is always normal so far. If you ever feel sick and see signs of a stroke, get to the hospital as soon as possible. If you get there within the first three hours, you have an excellent chance of survival. After that, your chances diminish rapidly and even if you survive, you can suffer from brain damage and other complications. Get well soon.  

my old man died from same issue

sorry to hear. Walk a bit. I just came back from a 4 mile trek with my dogs. Got a bit of nature, some fresh air and did not even feel I was on a walk. I think walking is best for you.

I hope you feel better. I am going in for a full check up next week. I feel good but I am trying to do a half tri in June so I need to know the increased activity is fine. As you get older you do need to take care. We are at that age where we can keel over at any time over any system failure. It is usually the heart of course. Make sure you are stacked up on Vitamin D. It is heart healthy.

Just increase your walking a bit and you will be well. Do not become too fearful that you will die if you do too much. Doing too little kills. I won't wish you to get well. I expect you will be well.

Stormborn posted:

sorry to hear. Walk a bit. I just came back from a 4 mile trek with my dogs. Got a bit of nature, some fresh air and did not even feel I was on a walk. I think walking is best for you.

I hope you feel better. I am going in for a full check up next week. I feel good but I am trying to do a half tri in June so I need to know the increased activity is fine. As you get older you do need to take care. We are at that age where we can keel over at any time over any system failure. It is usually the heart of course. Make sure you are stacked up on Vitamin D. It is heart healthy.

Just increase your walking a bit and you will be well. Do not become too fearful that you will die if you do too much. Doing too little kills. I won't wish you to get well. I expect you will be well.

Any least pain I feel nowadays makes me wonder...just need to relax and don't get worked up

kp posted:

Riff, I wish you good health, cut down on the salt and red meat. Also do daily exercise, even if it is just 15 mins. Your BP reading seems quite high, normally it should be 120 over 80 , the bottom number is important, keep it under 90. The old saying, Watch what you eat.

Ole people say " Eat Lil Bit - Live Laang!

Riff, with that wake-up call you must watch your health carefully. It's 19 years since I had my heart attack and nearly 4 years since my stroke, with 3 angioplasties and coronary stents to boot. You too can survive a long time by taking your medication regularly, sticking to a heart-healthy diet, and being physically active. I wish you well.

kp posted:

Riff, I wish you good health, cut down on the salt and red meat. Also do daily exercise, even if it is just 15 mins. Your BP reading seems quite high, normally it should be 120 over 80 , the bottom number is important, keep it under 90. The old saying, Watch what you eat.

Sometimes when you eat with eyes open you find you does get stuff caught in it.

cain posted:
kp posted:

Riff, I wish you good health, cut down on the salt and red meat. Also do daily exercise, even if it is just 15 mins. Your BP reading seems quite high, normally it should be 120 over 80 , the bottom number is important, keep it under 90. The old saying, Watch what you eat.

Sometimes when you eat with eyes open you find you does juk it.

Riff,

I am very sorry to hear about your heart attack. Please take rest and recover.

Lots of good advice from posters. Watch your diet, exercise and take your meds as prescribed. 

I am also high risk for hear disease. My father had quadruple bypass at 50 and is still going strong at 80. Lifestyle changes are very important and prayers are also very important.

I wish you a speedy recovery.

 

RiffRaff posted:

that's lot of steps Cham...I have been exercising...first time in years I finally got below 200lbs...199.9

I got another 15 to go

Glad to see you are having a sense of humor, that is very necessary and important Bhai.  Once again, all the best.

Chameli posted:
Stormborn posted:

sorry to hear. Walk a bit. I just came back from a 4 mile trek with my dogs. Got a bit of nature, some fresh air and did not even feel I was on a walk. I think walking is best for you.

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Hey Riffstah, hope u are much much better...i see you going to Masjid...God  help those who  help demselves....so please follow some of the advise on here from all the gniers...stay on top of ur health (write a will too LOL)

from mid January to now, if my fitbit is telling the truth, i have walked more than 300 MILES (not KM)...yesterday i did over 22k steps with over 9 miles.

Wanna do a challenge over the next 30 days? We can do it on map my walk.  Ray ray can join in. I only did 240 miles walking since January. I do not track some of it because I usually forget to start the app. I rode 1131 miles. I hate fitbit. I have the Polar V800 watch.

Riff, with a BP of 215/120, to put it bluntly, you should not still be standing up.  Bai, that is VERY VERY SERIOUS wake-up call.

I was in emerge and a guy walked in with BP of 205/110, before he can say anything, the entire team was all over him. He was checking-in while they were working on him.  

I believe, as we age, diet is more important than exercise, even though I attend aerobics three times weekly and made a rule not to watch a movie unless I am on the tread mill. I don't have cable. Its torture to find out how the movie will end, but my rule is firm and this encourage me for more time on the tread mill.  

When we were young not even Superman could hurt us, but now its rass to pay  and we have to pay very close attention to our health, if we want to enjoy our senior years with our family. Mara is an example how disabling and dependant on others, a  stroke can become.   Use your age and  height  to determine what your weight should  be and work towards achieving that goal.  Diabetes is also very  important to avoid getting.      

Doctors are important, but we need to take more personal responsibility for our health. As was mentioned here, look closely at what you eat and drink. Look for stroke diet on the net.   

After my wake up call and having to go often to the drug store to measure my BP, I recently bought a BP machine at Costco, might be about US$50. [CDN was $61.] Its very easy to use  and very important that you measure your BP daily.

Because I travel a lot  and standardize all my camera accessories using AA batteries, I  bought the doctor recommend model BP765CAN made by OMRON. Its uses both AC and AA batteries. The 'CAN' might mean distributed in Canada, but its manufactured  in Japan and distributed by OMRON in Lake Forest, Illinois, USA.

One other caution, if a person is on heart meds for a long time, they could become immune to the meds without knowing it, causing the BP to raise, resulting in a stroke.  So its very important for a  person to measure their BP often, when they are on BP meds.   Scans and MRI might  not show what cause the stroke, if a person become immune to their meds, but the result could be just as deadly.  

Just imagine how shitty GNI could become if you are not around to keep things in order, so get off your ass and look after yourself, because no one else will.  LOL  

Riff - I am really sorry to hear that you had a heart attack.  My thoughts and prayers are with you for a full recovery.  I like Storm's idea of mapping your excercise with a group.  I have done over 300 miles since January 1 in the gym and in my daily activities.  You can track it on a Fitbit and link up with a group to encourage each other.  I am a firm believer in exercise.

Good luck bro and speedy recovery.  Your lifestyle change starts now!  Take care of yourself.

Now I am getting a chance to respond to this thread. Ray sorry to hear what happened. You did the right thing by calling emergency help right away and not taking any chances. I wish you a full and speedy recovery and please do take care of yourself. Your health is very important,

I am sure it was those guys on Political that brought this on

Couz now saw this!!  Please take care of yourself. Use two fleg of warm garlic every day and lots of water with fresh cut lemon.  I wish you a speedy recovery and as Bibi say... your lifestyle changes start now. I know it will be difficult but think of your family, they need you , and we need you also.  

Suffer similar last December, Emergency declared Red Zone.  

Some Great advice from members.  

Take care bro. 

Drugb posted:

You are lucky Riff, most people don't even get a warning. I know a few over the past couple years that went without a warning. At least you know now and can take precautionary measures such as exercise, diet and medication. 

At least if you keel over we know is one of them skinny legs bruck up. Dem boys seh that all de neignbourhood stray dogs does gather at your house in the morning and chase you all the way to the train station ands do the reverse in the afternoon. That is the reason you have them spindly pika legs and can run as if satan chasing you. Andre seh he knew immediately you could beat Nuff in the race. He was more worried if you won't go airbourne or bruk you foot given you look wus dan wan real maga daag

Ray Ray - sorry to hear about your health.  Try some stress relief activities and avoid salt.  Like all meds, blood pressure meds have side effects so do your reading.  Maybe you might want to get one of those blood pressure monitors at home.  All the best!

Stormborn posted:
Drugb posted:

You are lucky Riff, most people don't even get a warning. I know a few over the past couple years that went without a warning. At least you know now and can take precautionary measures such as exercise, diet and medication. 

At least if you keel over we know is one of them skinny legs bruck up. Dem boys seh that all de neignbourhood stray dogs does gather at your house in the morning and chase you all the way to the train station ands do the reverse in the afternoon. That is the reason you have them spindly pika legs and can run as if satan chasing you. Andre seh he knew immediately you could beat Nuff in the race. He was more worried if you won't go airbourne or bruk you foot given you look wus dan wan real maga daag

And dem seh Stormy ain't no Guyanese.

Stormborn posted:
Drugb posted:

You are lucky Riff, most people don't even get a warning. I know a few over the past couple years that went without a warning. At least you know now and can take precautionary measures such as exercise, diet and medication. 

At least if you keel over we know is one of them skinny legs bruck up. Dem boys seh that all de neignbourhood stray dogs does gather at your house in the morning and chase you all the way to the train station ands do the reverse in the afternoon. That is the reason you have them spindly pika legs and can run as if satan chasing you. Andre seh he knew immediately you could beat Nuff in the race. He was more worried if you won't go airbourne or bruk you foot given you look wus dan wan real maga daag

I doubt this will be the case, something else will get me perhaps. We don't know what is in store for any of us. On the other hand, you may very well live a long life behind your dollar store counter, but quality is more important than quantity.  I would rather go earlier enjoying all the activities that I do rather than merely exist in such a life of drudgery that you have eked out for yourself. 

Thanks everyone. I know some folks don't like to talk about their health, but I find it therapeutic.

I do have a BP machine at home, that is why I knew my BP was high, thus me calling 911. I did not want to take any chances. The EMTs gave me something to try and lower the BP, but it did not lower, that's why I ended up in the ER.

They did 2 blood tests over 8 hours, and there was a release of troponin which is an enzyme released when the heart is affected. 

I play volleyball 4 hour a week, plus I swim once a week. My arteries are ok my cholestorol is good (121). Unfortunately, my family history seems to play a big part in regard to my elevated BP. 

I have to lose some more weight, and just eat smarter.

Stormborn posted:
Drugb posted:

You are lucky Riff, most people don't even get a warning. I know a few over the past couple years that went without a warning. At least you know now and can take precautionary measures such as exercise, diet and medication. 

At least if you keel over we know is one of them skinny legs bruck up. Dem boys seh that all de neignbourhood stray dogs does gather at your house in the morning and chase you all the way to the train station ands do the reverse in the afternoon. That is the reason you have them spindly pika legs and can run as if satan chasing you. Andre seh he knew immediately you could beat Nuff in the race. He was more worried if you won't go airbourne or bruk you foot given you look wus dan wan real maga daag

Storm, you sound mo Guyanese dan me.

Me rememba dat race that was posted on GNI and Nuff 100K post. Spika legs remind me of getting spika birds with a wire in crab-grass swamps.

Well Riff, you got  our suggestions from experience, now its up to you. If you  na ole like some hea, you might have a long road ahead, but its achievable like some of us who are already on that path.

Heed Mr. T suggestion, moderation now might mean long life afterwards. LOL      

Chameli posted:
RiffRaff posted:

Thanks everyone. I know some folks don't like to talk about their health, but I find it therapeutic.

[]I play volleyball 4 hour a week, plus I swim once a week. My arteries are ok my cholestorol is good (121). []

I have to lose some more weight, and just eat smarter.

Riffstah, it is great to see ur post here...i think the others on gni will look fwd to seeing u chk in just like me.  Keep talking about ur health, what is there to hide?  I like to talk about my LIFE....it is therapeutic imo

GOOD for you to be playing sports.  I don't and I don't swim, i have never been in a gym or go on fad diet in my life....what i have done in the last 20 mths is change my eating habit slightly .....more curry, steamed veg, fruits(2 apples, 2 bananas, n some berries everyday plus 1 ltr lemon water everyday) , fry up veg, and stews...LESS rice, roti and deep fried anything....NO fast food! walk...walk....walk and i have maintained my weight from a yr ago and hope to do so forever

 

TAKE CARE

You must be looking hot and sexy these days. Meh heart start to chatpatai alredy.

Chameli posted:
Chief posted:

Cham was always hot and sexy and now with the little grey in her hair she is more on fire.

awwwwwwwwww...u too nice my fren...i love my grey compliments of a request i honour from my lover

btw, i will be in NY in July with my baby n a good fren...they want to do 3 things there...Statue of Liberty, Hudson river cruise and Broadway show

June 6th to July 5th is Ramadan and during that period I  limit my activities.

Other than that I will be with you at all three events, you know me

Ray...Take all of the great advise given here and you will live for many more years.

My hubby got his first 'chest pain' at 45 and he made a lot of changes.....healthy eating, daily exercise, take meds on time, annual physical.....basically he takes good care of himself (with the added complication of type 2 diabetes).....and 25 years later he is doing amazingly well.

Changes are always difficult, but take it one step at a time and before you know it, it becomes a lifestyle. If your family make the same changes it makes it a lot easier for you.

Take care of yourself.....cause no one else will!!

 

Amral posted:

I almost had one yesterday. The neighbour wife pulled a Sharon Stone move on me while we were on the deck  I am thinking this is an early father's day gift

I get it, the rush of blood!!  Men die early for a reason!!

skeldon_man posted:

Riff, Sorry to hear about your health. Hope conditions get better. We live one day at a time bro. Some folks on this BB always call our senior boys old. Some of our senior boys have seen more years than those folks. Enjoy the time we have. Take care.

like a real gentleman that jump people house

Amral posted:
ksazma posted:

Amral, was she blonde or brunette?

when the weeds are absent from around the garden it is kind of difficult to tell. But she is Italian.

Careful now, she could send you to ER. I heard them Italian don't stop until they come. You got your work cut out for you. 

Riff, I believe I wrote  about this before. What you had is called a mini stroke or TIA...Transient Ischemic Attack . I know this stuff well and just completed a memory research project with the University of British Columbia.  Plus they paid for each session of research material and it also helped me  medically to remember things...What's you name again ?

Seriously, this is a WARNING that a major stroke can occur, unless you pay close attention to your health, with diet and exercise. Be very careful with your health, because similar to losing our vision, a disabling stroke can leave us dependent on others for everything, like Mara and friends I spoke about recently, including Ron Seepersaud whose funeral was yesterday in Toronto.

My breakfast is varied with cereals  and fruits, but consists mainly of three boiled egg whites, [I give the yokes to the birds], avocado and cherry tomatoes, with two rye toast and Clamato juice. Sometimes a 3-egg omelet with some of all the veggys in the fridge. With Grace pepper to spice it up.

Lunch  is usually turkey sandwich with veggys on the side.

Supper is curry chicken without the skin, or mushroom soup, with some of all the veggys in the fridge and a Tandoor Naan  on the side.

I attend senior aerobics classes three times  weekly when I am not out of town.  But I am still undecided whether I go to aerobics for  exercise, or to watch the senior women sweating in tights.    Because that is also a healthy energy that gets my spirits up.   

Riff posted:

thanks

Hope you feel better a year later. We are all getting too old to do what we usually do with the same fervor I was doing some downhilling on a technical trail a few months back and my fork broke after a jump and the bike handle bar went into my stomach resulting in an umbilical hernia. That generated in lots of tests with my blood pressure deemed too high in the process  so I am on a low sodium and minimum carb diet. For a vegetarian that is not too nice. Not much to eat.

Riff posted:

Hope you feel better. 

I am better a year later...not where I want to be, but the numbers look fine...just need to watch the diabetes

keep the belly fat down. We can still link up on a fitness app and workout together. I am up at 5 and I take a 3 mile walk. You can do it with me if you care. I walk about a 17 to 20 min like pace. Let me know

Glad to hear you are doing better. Keep pushing Riff, I know it is   easy to say but at our age it is not easy to change meals, start exercising and keep away from the Coronas but with determination and a strong will to stay healthy, you will find the courage. Just keep pushing.  I started doing about 30 minutes stationary Biking for the past 20 months and my Glucose count is going down, also my cholesterol # are going down. Best of luck. You can do it Bro.

D2 posted:
Riff posted:

Hope you feel better. 

I am better a year later...not where I want to be, but the numbers look fine...just need to watch the diabetes

keep the belly fat down. We can still link up on a fitness app and workout together. I am up at 5 and I take a 3 mile walk. You can do it with me if you care. I walk about a 17 to 20 min like pace. Let me know

That up at 5 is a bit tough...what fitness app would you suggest?

Riff posted:
D2 posted:
Riff posted:

Hope you feel better. 

I am better a year later...not where I want to be, but the numbers look fine...just need to watch the diabetes

keep the belly fat down. We can still link up on a fitness app and workout together. I am up at 5 and I take a 3 mile walk. You can do it with me if you care. I walk about a 17 to 20 min like pace. Let me know

That up at 5 is a bit tough...what fitness app would you suggest?

Mapmyride. It is a good app that works on android and Iphone and can sync with fitbit among others. It gives a calorie count, a speed count, distant count, heart monitor ( good especially if you do strenuous things like mountain biking and need to be warned if in the red zone) etc. It works with biking, running walking.  It can track your friends and do collaborative events ie a race, or a distance target etc. Also tells how high you climb when walking running or biking.

ksazma posted:

Glad to hear you are doing well Riff. Keep it going.

Sorry about your injury D2. Hope you are getting better.

Had laparoscopic surgery at a private outpatient clinic.  Surgery time under 40 mins and I went home the same day.  Feel 100 percent but warned to take it easy first six months. Did not even know what happened. One day I was looking in the mirror and I had a "bung navel" when all my life I had a nice "innie".

Nehru posted:

Glad to hear you are doing better. Keep pushing Riff, I know it is   easy to say but at our age it is not easy to change meals, start exercising and keep away from the Coronas but with determination and a strong will to stay healthy, you will find the courage. Just keep pushing.  I started doing about 30 minutes stationary Biking for the past 20 months and my Glucose count is going down, also my cholesterol # are going down. Best of luck. You can do it Bro.

Why done you get a real bike....mountain bike....and ride for real? 

Riff posted:
D2 posted:
Riff posted:

Hope you feel better. 

I am better a year later...not where I want to be, but the numbers look fine...just need to watch the diabetes

keep the belly fat down. We can still link up on a fitness app and workout together. I am up at 5 and I take a 3 mile walk. You can do it with me if you care. I walk about a 17 to 20 min like pace. Let me know

That up at 5 is a bit tough...what fitness app would you suggest?

Banning and suspending is not good for the heart ,it contaminates the heart.

D2 posted:
ksazma posted:

Glad to hear you are doing well Riff. Keep it going.

Sorry about your injury D2. Hope you are getting better.

Had laparoscopic surgery at a private outpatient clinic.  Surgery time under 40 mins and I went home the same day.  Feel 100 percent but warned to take it easy first six months. Did not even know what happened. One day I was looking in the mirror and I had a "bung navel" when all my life I had a nice "innie".

Glad you are doing well.

D2 posted:
Nehru posted:

Glad to hear you are doing better. Keep pushing Riff, I know it is   easy to say but at our age it is not easy to change meals, start exercising and keep away from the Coronas but with determination and a strong will to stay healthy, you will find the courage. Just keep pushing.  I started doing about 30 minutes stationary Biking for the past 20 months and my Glucose count is going down, also my cholesterol # are going down. Best of luck. You can do it Bro.

Why done you get a real bike....mountain bike....and ride for real? 

De man frighten to leave RH.

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