2 heart attacks in five days.

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The first attack was early Thursday morning 10 days ago. I woke with excruciating pain in my upper ams, back, chest, shoulders and jaw. ( This was worse than the pain of childbirth or the burst appendix I suffered some years back). I took very strong painkillers, and after a few hours, the pain subsided and I went to sleep.  I attributed the pain to my recent use of a walker (zimmer frame).  Early Monday morning, I awoke with the same terrible pain.  This time, my husband insisted I go to the hospital where I was told I was having a heart attack and given morphine for the pain.  The next day, an angioplasty determined that one cardiac artery was 90% blocked, 2 others 40%. A stent was inserted in the 90% blocked one.  I went home the next day.

 I am 81 years old, slightly overweight (about 10 pounds), and my physical activity is to some degree hampered by an arthritic left knee and pain in the left foot (the aftermath of surgery to remove a bunion, fuse the bones  of my big toe, and amputate the toe next to it). What are my chances of  having a third heart attack (I had something several years ago that was later diagnosed as a"cardiac spasm", whatever that is.   Has anyone any advice or information that might help me?

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    Judith I hope you have found some reassurance since you posted? Just wanted to add that my father in law is 87 & last year had two arteries stented & he now has more energy than in the past five years! I also know on a personal level how arthritis can hamper your fitness, however, it might be worth asking your cardiologist if there's a cardiac rehab scheme near you? It consists of very gentle exercise which can be adjusted to suit an individuals needs.

    All the best wishes for your recovery

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      Thanks so much for the words of encouragement.  I'm actually going to an orientation meeting at the local cadiac rehab centre this evening.  So should be able to get in some proper exercise.




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