Everyone I came in contact with during my heart attack seemed perplexed about why I was there. The doctor I talked about in my Dec. 20, 2016 post (the one that threw his hands in the air and walked out of the room) even called me as a follow-up. I was still in the hospital at that point. He said he had never called a patient after treating them, but when he got back to work 2 days later, he saw my blood test results and couldn’t believe it!!
Him: “I just saw your blood test…so, do you have heart disease?”
Me: “Yes–I’m in the cardiac unit in Provo, got some stents yesterday.”
Him: “I just can’t believe it! I never ever would’ve thought you had heart disease, there was just no reason and I’ve never seen that happen, I just can’t believe it….I’m just totally speechless, wow!”
There was a quick mumbling of “good luck” and he hung up.
Why am I sharing this story? Because heart disease will get anyone. Doctors think if you don’t have high cholesterol and blood pressure, you’re fine. And lots of people think if you don’t have a family history, you have nothing to worry about.
- My blood pressure: 100/70
- Choloesterol: 117 (LDL 59, HDL 52)
- Family history: none
I’m learning that many things contribute to heart attacks: blood pressure, genetics, stress, diet, sleep, cholesterol, exercise…its like the comprehensive test at the end of the semester: everything is important and we all have to take the test to pass the class! ❤