Why do this Blog?

What?! A hear attack! How could this happen to me?!? I was a vegan since the age of 21 (now 43), no high blood pressure, no family caridac history, never smoked, never done drugs, rarely drank alchohol (just don’t like it). I’m not scared of the doctor and went anytime I felt sick. Always physcially active, surfing, mountian biking, running, weight lifting etc…Other than a type A personality (formerly) and 25 pounds of unwanted weight there are many more likely canidates than me.

I’m not a blogger, have the need to gossip or talk about what’s wrong with the world. I’m a guy who at the age of 36 had 2 heart attacks within 24 hours. I lived to tell about it and continue to ride at virtually the same level as when my “episode” occured. During and since my 7 angiograms & 7 stents I decided that I will do whatever it takes to keep riding.

I couldn’t find, and still have trouble, finding anyone who was as young and athletic as I was who had a heart attack. I couldn’t find much about exercising or working out beyond the “Don’t go over 120bpm” mentality. So I started KEEpriding.org late in 2005. I thought if I wrote about what happened to me, that I still push myself every single day I ride, create a place for other cardiac victims to psot their experiences and post a few links and article I find helpfull I could hopefully help or inspire others.KEEPriding.org for technical reasons has now become this site – HEARTATTACKrider.

There are some days where I feel that if I ride today, try to go up that hill, or ride that far from home I will die (not an unusual thought since I almost did die while riding and later had discoverd a blocked artery while riding up a hill a year later). Those days I repeat to myself “just keep riding” you will get through this. On the other days (which is most everyday) I remind myself to keep riding because nothing helps my heart more than riding up hill, doing a 50 mile road loop or to the pharmacy to get my meds.

If you’ve had a heart attack you hopefully will find something here to motivate or supprot you. If you think there’s no chance you’ll have one, you have a lot to learn.

Feel free to email me with any questions or comments. I will do my best to quickly respond.

HEARTATTACKrider – Eric

 

* Never try anything I do without consulting you doctor(s). I have had clearance & or testing done to determine if what I’m doing is reasonable/safe for me to try. This website is not meant as any substitute or suggestion of medical advice, It is mearly a documentation of my experience(s).

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My Heart Attack Stats

* Note: I still have some data to fill in-

Heart Attacks: 2

When: 08.04.01 – 08.05.01

I had 2 heart attacks in 24 hours. After be taken to the hosiptal by paramedics I started having one within a few minutes. My life was saved by getting a “clotbuster” shot. which opened my arteries up enought to stabilize my condition. While waiting for mu surgery in the morning I started to have another at approx. 6:00am.

Total Blockages: 4 (7 if you count restenosis)

(3) During my first surgery were found:1 in the ——-. 1 in the ———–, 1 in the ———–. A 4th later developed or increased in 2005 in the my ——-artery

Stents: 7

(2)ea.in the first 3 locations. Coated stents were not available at the time and so I was given normal stents within a year I had 2 more surgeries to place 3 new coated stents inside the old ones.

Angiograms: 6

#1 – 08.05.01

Whittier Presbyterian Hospital; Dr.Howad Elkin – My first one for the intial heart attack and 1 stent placed.

#2- 08.05.01:

Whittier Presbyterian Hospital; Dr.Howad Elkin – 24 hours later due to my compaining of stil having chest pain. Nothing was found and my Dr. felt that my stress was manifesting itself as chest pain.

#3 – 02.15.02:

Redondo Beach; Dr. ————– – Due to chest pain, chin pain and a cardiolight it is determined I need to have an angiogram. Since the 2 blockages had not been stented yet they put 2 in.

#4 – 02.15.02:

Scripps Green Hospital; Dr. Paul Tierstein – Due to a cardilight test it was determined that I need an angiogram which yeilded scare tissue in the 2 of the first stents.

#5 – 2.30.02:

Scripps Green Hospital; Dr. Paul Tierstein – Due to chinand chest pain I went in. Nothign was found, Even was scoped by a camera and I looked perfect. Stress attack #4

#6 – 09.30.07:

Scripps Green Hospital; Dr. Paul Tierstein – When I would ride for a long period of time at higher bpm’s (144+) I would get slight chin pain and a dry cough. At my cardiac rehab the next day I told the staff and after 15 minutes or riding a staionary biek I was getting chin pain again. I was admitted and the next morning had an expolartory angiogram where a very small bloackage——% was found and balloned. Due to the fact I work out hard and at higher efforts is the only reason I could feel this blockage said the Dr.Tierstein.

* Never try anything I do without consulting you doctor(s). I have had clearance & or testing done to determine if what I’m doing is reasonable/safe for me to try. This website is not meant as any substitute or suggestion of medical advice, It is mearly a documentation of my experience(s).

Feel free to email me with any questions or comments. I will do my best to quickly respond.

Exercise Blogs

Here’s where I’ll post what, where and how much I exercise. Most of the time it will be about riding my bike as that’s what I would do all day if I had the time and ability. But, I also still surf and occasionally skate, snowboard and get on a dirt bike. As for my gym/strength training I’ll basically leave that out unless I’m really into it for the moment. I hope that others with cardiac conditions will find some motivation & inspiration here. Please feel free to respond or ask questions.

 

09.01.08

SInce I’m training for my first century I’ll only write on that page for now. Click here.

My Medications

This is a list of all my prescribed medications. Yes, even the vitamins & herbs are prescribed by my doctors.

I have listed then when I take them so you will know more than just what it is I’m.  I’ll also noted in parenthesis any other pertinent info.

Morning:

Coreg, 25mg, 1x. * I tried the newer once per day 50mg and it upset my stomach, as if someone had punched me, so I went back to the 25mg 2x per day.

Plavix, 75mg, 1x

Enteric coated Aspirin, 325 mg, 1x

CoQ10, 200mg, 1x (Only 100mg is prescribed by my doctor but I take more based on my research/own choice)

Multi Vitamin (or a protein powder with a MV component if I’m having a smoothie).

 

Lunch:

Omega 3’s, 2,400g (My daily intake must at least be 5,000g)

Milk Thistle, 350mg, 1x ( Doesn’t matter when this is taken, it just easier for me at lunch). I take this as a precaution. It helps protect the liver. Since I take so many meds, it can effect my liver. I also check my liver through blood testing every 3 months.

 

Dinner:

Coreg, 25mg, 1x.

Red Yeast Rice, 1200mg, 1x (It doesn’t matter when this is taken but since cholesterol is made at night I figure take it later in the day)

 

Bedtime:

Tricor, 145mg, 1x

Zocor, 20mg, 1x. Hopefully I will be off Zocor soon since I take Red Yeast Rice. My cardiologist says it does the same thing and as long as my cholesterol levels are good I won’t need it. Yes, this is controversial but my research and my doctors at Scripps & Heartwise research I believe & trust.

Omega 3’s, 3,600g (My daily intake must at least be 5,000g). Again, since cholesterol is made at night I  take it at the end the day)

 

Diovan, 80 mg, 1x. For blood pressure.  Started in mid Nov’08. So far no noticeable change in my BP. I have an appointment with my Doc at the end of Dec to discuss what to do.

 

* Updated as of Dec 13, 2008

 


Heart Attack Warning Signs

Heart Attack Warning Signs
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. 
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out. Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1.

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too.

If you can’t access the emergency medical services (EMS), have someone drive you to the hospital right away. If you’re the one having symptoms, don’t drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.

This is a reprint from the American Heart Association.