Heart Attack symptoms:
My cardiologist said my heart attack was a fluke and probably wouldn’t happen again. I’m not of the opinion that flukes occur in our bodies; so I went on a fact-finding mission. It took a lot of tests, all of which I had to pay for myself, but we did find an answer. Genetic history aside, I have very high levels of fibrinogen in my blood. Fibrinogen enhances coagulation and increases blood viscosity. This means there is a greater likelihood of micro-clots and thrombus in the coronary arteries. I also have highly sensitive C-reactive proteins (hs-CRP) above normal range which is associated with an increased risk of heart attack. Third really important thing: feel comfortable with the answers your doctor gives you, or keep looking and get a second opinion.
What this ultimately means is that instead of the six pharmaceutical drugs the cardiologist wanted me to take, what I really needed were enzymes to keep my fibrinogen levels in their optimal range. Since I had the stint I’ll have to continue taking the drug that keeps my body from rejecting the metal until enough scar tissue has covered it.
Weirdly, I’ve never had any symptoms of someone who’s fibrinogen and hs-CRP levels are too high. They asked me the pertinent questions in the hospital, such as history of cramps, blood clots, etc. Again, maybe being healthy kept all that at bay.
I was lucky my husband had the wherewithal to take me to the hospital. I was lucky to be near a good hospital. I was lucky I had a heart attack in the middle of the ER. I was lucky to have a great cardiologist. I have been lucky with a speedy recovery. And, I’m lucky to be alive. Fourth really important thing: don’t take life for granted.