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Hi all,

for a while there, didn't think I was gonna get past 1000 and reach 1001 posts. Saturday, had a bit of pain in the chest, but as it was accompanied by lots of wind, put it down to a bad tummy upset from the curry the night before and the pain was gone within an hour.

Monday morning at work, felt a little rough, and by 12.00 was thinking I best go home. Jumped in the car ( not a good idea) and drove 8 miles home, with a pain coming on stong in my chest. By the time I parked at the house, I had a funny feeling in my fingers so called 999 (uk 911). medic arrived in about 5 minutes, and wired me up to a machine, and then stared giving me aspirin, and a GTN spray, pain started to ease after the GTN. by this time two more medics arrived, took a quick look at the ECG and loaded me into the Ambulance. 5 minutes later I'm in A&E with a bunch of medics poking and prodding and general running around.

Was given a clot busting drug and some morphine (I was hurting now) which they hoped would help. Local hospital had no facilities to do much more than what they already did. Now 90 Minutes have gone by and the pain is almost gone, just a dull ache, so they elect to ship me off to Bristol (40 miles) so I was given a blue light taxi straight into theathre where they did an angiogram.

Angiogram showed a slight narrowing on one artery, and the evidence of my previous attack 16 years ago, but nothing for my current incident, but the blood tests which they now had the results for back in Gloucester say I was having an attack.

So two days on the machines and lots of drugs and I'm home and on the mend (yup I know quick) but I'll be going back in soon for a treadmill test and various other tests. Option currently on the cards and to insert a stent in the narrowing they found, and maybe later a bypass.

I know why I had the attack, because 16 years ago I didn't do the right things. I was 32 when I had my first MI, and I'm now 48 having got through a 2nd one. I might not be so lucky the 3rd time around. So to all my biker buddies out there, if you have been meaning to do any of the following, don't wait, do it today. I'll be keeping a diary of my progress over the coming months, and may from time to time post a few lines on how I'm doing. I now have 4 weeks Minimum where I'm not allowed to drive or ride the bike, so I have some thinking time.

Here's your list, and it's not exhaustive!
1. Give up smoking
2. Exercise more
3. Eat more oily fish ( I never did like it - maybe now!!)
4. Eat more fruit & Vegetables.
5. Less salt and takeway meals.

Guess which one on this list I started to do again because "I feel fine, nothing wrong with me"

Rgds
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Hi all,

for a while there, didn't think I was gonna get past 1000 and reach 1001 posts. Saturday, had a bit of pain in the chest, but as it was accompanied by lots of wind, put it down to a bad tummy upset from the curry the night before and the pain was gone within an hour.

Monday morning at work, felt a little rough, and by 12.00 was thinking I best go home. Jumped in the car ( not a good idea) and drove 8 miles home, with a pain coming on stong in my chest. By the time I parked at the house, I had a funny feeling in my fingers so called 999 (uk 911). medic arrived in about 5 minutes, and wired me up to a machine, and then stared giving me aspirin, and a GTN spray, pain started to ease after the GTN. by this time two more medics arrived, took a quick look at the ECG and loaded me into the Ambulance. 5 minutes later I'm in A&E with a bunch of medics poking and prodding and general running around.

Was given a clot busting drug and some morphine (I was hurting now) which they hoped would help. Local hospital had no facilities to do much more than what they already did. Now 90 Minutes have gone by and the pain is almost gone, just a dull ache, so they elect to ship me off to Bristol (40 miles) so I was given a blue light taxi straight into theathre where they did an angiogram.

Angiogram showed a slight narrowing on one artery, and the evidence of my previous attack 16 years ago, but nothing for my current incident, but the blood tests which they now had the results for back in Gloucester say I was having an attack.

So two days on the machines and lots of drugs and I'm home and on the mend (yup I know quick) but I'll be going back in soon for a treadmill test and various other tests. Option currently on the cards and to insert a stent in the narrowing they found, and maybe later a bypass.

I know why I had the attack, because 16 years ago I didn't do the right things. I was 32 when I had my first MI, and I'm now 48 having got through a 2nd one. I might not be so lucky the 3rd time around. So to all my biker buddies out there, if you have been meaning to do any of the following, don't wait, do it today. I'll be keeping a diary of my progress over the coming months, and may from time to time post a few lines on how I'm doing. I now have 4 weeks Minimum where I'm not allowed to drive or ride the bike, so I have some thinking time.

Here's your list, and it's not exhaustive!
1. Give up smoking
2. Exercise more
3. Eat more oily fish ( I never did like it - maybe now!!)
4. Eat more fruit & Vegetables.
5. Less salt and takeway meals.

Guess which one on this list I started to do again because "I feel fine, nothing wrong with me"
oh shit Mike, that sucks!

i choose #1

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Didnt see anywhere giving up pints of beer. Your good to go all the best to you.

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On the Oily Fish thing; My Doc has me on a prescription Fish Oil called LOVAZA.
4 1000mg gob-stoppers a night.
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Now that's worth looking in to. I've never been one for fish, so any sunstitute for the oils etc will be good. The "Stop Smoking" people are coming by the house today too, and I've started to re-read "Allan Carrs" "Give up smoking" self help book. Used it before and stopped for over 6 months, but started again while on holiday, drinking and lying to myself it was jsut for this week! Oh well, onward and upward. I guess this next 4 weeks would be a great time to strip the bike and do all that work that needs doing! Wish I had the drive to do it!

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Shit, Mike! Sounds like by the time you made it home, you were close to nutting up tighter than a drum. Congrats on your survival and continued good health.

I've always wondered at what point to go to the emergency room? If you had gone Saturday, at the first little pain, would they have been able to diagnose you? Or would they have just thrown you out as a hypochondriac?

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On the Oily Fish thing; My Doc has me on a prescription Fish Oil called LOVAZA.
4 1000mg gob-stoppers a night.
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Well today I picked up some Omega 3 pills, 1000Mg each which is what has been recommended right now, and tomorrow I have a meeting with a smoking councellor who I hope will point me down the right path. I know right now while my body starts to mend itself, I have no real desire to smoke, but in 3 or 4 weeks time when I'm feeling fine, it's gonna get lots harder. I just have to get myself into the right place to stay away from from the smokes.

I given up before, but never for long enough, maybe this time will be different. I certainly have a lot more to live for than I ever did. Been with Annette now for 9 years, and married to her for 18 months, so from that point of view life is good. Guess I need to use that as my reference point. started to re-read "Allan Carr's" give up smoking book again, which helped me stop for the longest time, just fell off the wagon while touring europe on the bike and enjoying life.

I'm sure I'll get there this time, it's just a slope I need to climb, and with the support of family and friends I'll get there.

So if there are any of you out there who are thinking about giving up smoking, don't wait, go out there and get some help.

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Well today I picked up some Omega 3 pills, 1000Mg each which is what has been recommended right now, and tomorrow I have a meeting with a smoking councellor who I hope will point me down the right path. I know right now while my body starts to mend itself, I have no real desire to smoke, but in 3 or 4 weeks time when I'm feeling fine, it's gonna get lots harder. I just have to get myself into the right place to stay away from from the smokes....
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Well today I picked up some Omega 3 pills, 1000Mg each which is what has been recommended right now, .
Mike, if the pills make you burp a nasty taste, put them in the freezer and then when you swallow them, they get past the stomach before they completely defrost and dissolve. All it does is take out the taste.

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Mike, if the pills make you burp a nasty taste, put them in the freezer and then when you swallow them, they get past the stomach before they completely defrost and dissolve. All it does is take out the taste.
Err... doesn't that defeat the purpose??? If the pills just "pass" through you before disolving, isn't that the same thing as not taking them???
Personally I would slightly cut back on beer drinking to alleviate the burping...

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The good news is that the non-biking is ( not ) going to take place in the middle of winter.

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Err... doesn't that defeat the purpose??? If the pills just "pass" through you before disolving, isn't that the same thing as not taking them???
Personally I would slightly cut back on beer drinking to alleviate the burping...
No, no no, you want it in the intestines. That is where the oils are absorbed but if it's in the stomach, sometimes you burp and WOW, that's nasty.

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Hi all,

for a while there, didn't think I was gonna get past 1000 and reach 1001 posts. Saturday, had a bit of pain in the chest, but as it was accompanied by lots of wind, put it down to a bad tummy upset from the curry the night before and the pain was gone within an hour.

Monday morning at work, felt a little rough, and by 12.00 was thinking I best go home. Jumped in the car ( not a good idea) and drove 8 miles home, with a pain coming on stong in my chest. By the time I parked at the house, I had a funny feeling in my fingers so called 999 (uk 911). medic arrived in about 5 minutes, and wired me up to a machine, and then stared giving me aspirin, and a GTN spray, pain started to ease after the GTN. by this time two more medics arrived, took a quick look at the ECG and loaded me into the Ambulance. 5 minutes later I'm in A&E with a bunch of medics poking and prodding and general running around.

Was given a clot busting drug and some morphine (I was hurting now) which they hoped would help. Local hospital had no facilities to do much more than what they already did. Now 90 Minutes have gone by and the pain is almost gone, just a dull ache, so they elect to ship me off to Bristol (40 miles) so I was given a blue light taxi straight into theathre where they did an angiogram.

Angiogram showed a slight narrowing on one artery, and the evidence of my previous attack 16 years ago, but nothing for my current incident, but the blood tests which they now had the results for back in Gloucester say I was having an attack.

So two days on the machines and lots of drugs and I'm home and on the mend (yup I know quick) but I'll be going back in soon for a treadmill test and various other tests. Option currently on the cards and to insert a stent in the narrowing they found, and maybe later a bypass.

I know why I had the attack, because 16 years ago I didn't do the right things. I was 32 when I had my first MI, and I'm now 48 having got through a 2nd one. I might not be so lucky the 3rd time around. So to all my biker buddies out there, if you have been meaning to do any of the following, don't wait, do it today. I'll be keeping a diary of my progress over the coming months, and may from time to time post a few lines on how I'm doing. I now have 4 weeks Minimum where I'm not allowed to drive or ride the bike, so I have some thinking time.

Here's your list, and it's not exhaustive!
1. Give up smoking
2. Exercise more
3. Eat more oily fish ( I never did like it - maybe now!!)
4. Eat more fruit & Vegetables.
5. Less salt and takeway meals.

Guess which one on this list I started to do again because "I feel fine, nothing wrong with me"
Mike....glad you are on the mend!
Smoking was the hardest thing I have ever had to give up. But ....it can be done! I tried to quit and did...many times with the aid of gum, etc.. Finally I just quit cold turkey and after a month or so the cravings quit. I have a harder time with the exercising and loosing weight.

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