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Very scary situation..lucky it was not a heart attack!

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So Sunday morning I woke up, I stayed lying down watching some YouTube, everything seemed fine. As I went to yawn, and take a deep breath, I noticed my chest hurt like nothing I ever effing felt before...EVER! To me this would be the type of pain someone with a fractured sternum would feel.

I started to stretch thinking I may have just slept wrong, I tried to maybe get some gas out, but nothing improved how it felt. I decided to take a shower and see, well in there I started dry heaving, then I began to vomit with only fluid and saliva coming out...but when I finished for a moment, I felt better. Then when I went to stand, it was like a horse kicked me in my chest, and my knees buckled! The entire room was spinning, it was like I was on too much speed or something. I knew at that moment I needed to get to the ER asap!


When I got there, I looked like I had just been doing cardio, I was drenched in sweat, and couldn't catch my breath no matter how much I tried to relax. They saw me come in, and before I knew it I was in a room being hooked up to an ekg, I was given some baby aspirins, and a nitroglycerin under the tongue. The machine checked me again, and my BP was 159/120, and my PR was 125 ( when I got there it was around 150 something).

My BP /PR started to climb again, so they gave me another nitroglycerin under the tongue, and they placed a nitroglycerin patch on my chest. It seemed like I had cables everywhere, I was scared as hell I won't deny it, I really thought I was going to die that day!

They felt like I was improving, then my BP and PR started going up again, at this point I'm almost crying in pain, so they put me on morphine IV, and I was given an Ativan. I was transported to a bigger hospital, and put in the cardiac floor in the area where they come to check on it seemed every 20 min. On my way there, my BP got up to 200/100. I can't remember what my PR was at.

I continued to have issues breathing, and I would throw up anytime I tried to sit up, so then they started with IV Zofran, which definitely helped they continued with the morphine, baby aspirin, and potassium. They gave me some magnesium that was mixed with juice as they said my mag was coming back low.


My blood sugar was down to around 82, then they would check again and it's 98, it did this my entire stay (keep in mind I was npo until my last day there) so they started checking it all day and all night, my poor fingers! They also took blood every certain amount of hours, to check for signs of tissue damage, eventually I was taken for an injectable stress test, and CT scan with contrast. They told me I have some abnormalities, but it was not a heart attack.. I have an appointment with the cardiologist next week to discuss everything.


What they suspect is my stress, anxiety, etc caused my BP to skyrocket up, which then led to the chest pain, high PR, and shortness of breath, they told me due to my family history, if I don't start taking life slowly,and with less stress...I'm going to have a cardiac event, that I may not make it from!

This was one of the scariest events in my life ( that has happened to me personally), I mean to feel so helpless, to feel like your life may end at any moment..i know I am so lucky it wasn't a heart attack or stroke (both run in my family, both sides), but this gave me a new outlook, you can't let life's setbacks also bring on an early death!

Well I wanted to share this with you guys, to emphasize how important it is to live as stress free as you possibly can, don't sweat the small stuff, and if you can't change it, then don't even think about it.

I see my docs, I take my meds, I take heart healthy supps, I eat clean, but none of that means nothing when you are stressed out over everything like I have been! Your doctor can run as many tests as they see fit, but if you keep everything inside they won't know how to properly treat you.


I'm glad it didn't take something a lot more terrifying or tragic to happen, for me to learn this lesson. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, I may not know all of you personally, but I want you all here, a lot more than I want you over there!!!!
 

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Glad things worked out as good as they did for you.

Stress is like blood pressure - a silent killer. I told a member here recently that his constant worrying about having every possible health issue (he gets the tests, he has none) is going to do more damage than going above a TRT dose (he wants to look like a bodybuilder but thinks anything above TRT will greatly harm him).

Do the things you enjoy every day and find those outlets that really let you zone out and forget about everything. Less stress = better bodybuilding progress, better relationships, and a better quality of life.
 

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Happy to hear that it was probably a panic attack. I had the real deal and believe me, you dont want that! Perhaps they might prescribe you some meds to avoid anxiety. Do you suffer a lot of anxiety?

When I had my heart attack I had zero chest pain. So dont ever go by chest pain being from a heart attack. You can have one and have no chest pain at all. My only pain felt like heart burn, thats it.

Follow up here so we know what the cardiologist says next week.
 

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Happy to hear that it was probably a panic attack. I had the real deal and believe me, you dont want that! Perhaps they might prescribe you some meds to avoid anxiety. Do you suffer a lot of anxiety?

When I had my heart attack I had zero chest pain. So dont ever go by chest pain being from a heart attack. You can have one and have no chest pain at all. My only pain felt like heart burn, thats it.

Follow up here so we know what the cardiologist says next week.
Definitely will, I'm not playing with this at all! I feel so lucky! My dad died on his way to the hospital, my aunt was laughing with family sitting in her chair, when they came back to the room she was already dead. My grandfather had a stroke, and was on dialysis before we lost him, my grandmother his wife, had a stroke a few months ago, she now had limited use of her left side. So I'm not working with the best genetics here, so I have to be aggressive on my desire to live a lot longer.
 

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Happy to hear that it was probably a panic attack. I had the real deal and believe me, you dont want that! Perhaps they might prescribe you some meds to avoid anxiety. Do you suffer a lot of anxiety?

When I had my heart attack I had zero chest pain. So dont ever go by chest pain being from a heart attack. You can have one and have no chest pain at all. My only pain felt like heart burn, thats it.

Follow up here so we know what the cardiologist says next week.

that's scary. I had a lot of tension in my left pec and that side of my body when I let something fluster me the other day. I have family history, also, my father died of CHF before he was 50
 

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Happy to hear that it was probably a panic attack. I had the real deal and believe me, you dont want that! Perhaps they might prescribe you some meds to avoid anxiety. Do you suffer a lot of anxiety?

When I had my heart attack I had zero chest pain. So dont ever go by chest pain being from a heart attack. You can have one and have no chest pain at all. My only pain felt like heart burn, thats it.

Follow up here so we know what the cardiologist says next week.
Sorry, to answer your question...yes I do! Work, finances, my brother was diagnosed early in the year with multiple myeloma, losing my mom, daughter, wife, dad, sister, grandfather, both God parents it's taken its toll on me. Also i can honestly say i have not been the same since I had covid over a year ago.
 

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Sounds like you got some life changes coming quickly!!!!! This brings what’s important into perspective. Glad to hear you’re okay and you get to keep rolling along. Happy TG to you to brutha.

Cage
 

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Sorry, to answer your question...yes I do! Work, finances, my brother was diagnosed early in the year with multiple myeloma, losing my mom, daughter, wife, dad, sister, grandfather, both God parents it's taken its toll on me. Also i can honestly say i have not been the same since I had covid over a year ago.
Covid is bad for sure. I met 3 people today that work at a Honda dealership and all 3 got it. They had been vaccinated 2x too and were ready to go in and get the booster when they got sick. Their illness wasnt as bad as it could have been though. About 5 others got sick too, but I think those werent vaccinated. I got my booster about 2 weeks ago and it went fine. Just felt ill for about 48 hours. My wife did fine too.

Since you had the virus, your immunity could be better than that from the vaccine. It sounds like scientists dont know for sure. I have 2 friends that both were sick with it and then later got vaccinated 2x. They were both fine.
 

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So Sunday morning I woke up, I stayed lying down watching some YouTube, everything seemed fine. As I went to yawn, and take a deep breath, I noticed my chest hurt like nothing I ever effing felt before...EVER! To me this would be the type of pain someone with a fractured sternum would feel.

I started to stretch thinking I may have just slept wrong, I tried to maybe get some gas out, but nothing improved how it felt. I decided to take a shower and see, well in there I started dry heaving, then I began to vomit with only fluid and saliva coming out...but when I finished for a moment, I felt better. Then when I went to stand, it was like a horse kicked me in my chest, and my knees buckled! The entire room was spinning, it was like I was on too much speed or something. I knew at that moment I needed to get to the ER asap!


When I got there, I looked like I had just been doing cardio, I was drenched in sweat, and couldn't catch my breath no matter how much I tried to relax. They saw me come in, and before I knew it I was in a room being hooked up to an ekg, I was given some baby aspirins, and a nitroglycerin under the tongue. The machine checked me again, and my BP was 159/120, and my PR was 125 ( when I got there it was around 150 something).

My BP /PR started to climb again, so they gave me another nitroglycerin under the tongue, and they placed a nitroglycerin patch on my chest. It seemed like I had cables everywhere, I was scared as hell I won't deny it, I really thought I was going to die that day!

They felt like I was improving, then my BP and PR started going up again, at this point I'm almost crying in pain, so they put me on morphine IV, and I was given an Ativan. I was transported to a bigger hospital, and put in the cardiac floor in the area where they come to check on it seemed every 20 min. On my way there, my BP got up to 200/100. I can't remember what my PR was at.

I continued to have issues breathing, and I would throw up anytime I tried to sit up, so then they started with IV Zofran, which definitely helped they continued with the morphine, baby aspirin, and potassium. They gave me some magnesium that was mixed with juice as they said my mag was coming back low.


My blood sugar was down to around 82, then they would check again and it's 98, it did this my entire stay (keep in mind I was npo until my last day there) so they started checking it all day and all night, my poor fingers! They also took blood every certain amount of hours, to check for signs of tissue damage, eventually I was taken for an injectable stress test, and CT scan with contrast. They told me I have some abnormalities, but it was not a heart attack.. I have an appointment with the cardiologist next week to discuss everything.


What they suspect is my stress, anxiety, etc caused my BP to skyrocket up, which then led to the chest pain, high PR, and shortness of breath, they told me due to my family history, if I don't start taking life slowly,and with less stress...I'm going to have a cardiac event, that I may not make it from!

This was one of the scariest events in my life ( that has happened to me personally), I mean to feel so helpless, to feel like your life may end at any moment..i know I am so lucky it wasn't a heart attack or stroke (both run in my family, both sides), but this gave me a new outlook, you can't let life's setbacks also bring on an early death!

Well I wanted to share this with you guys, to emphasize how important it is to live as stress free as you possibly can, don't sweat the small stuff, and if you can't change it, then don't even think about it.

I see my docs, I take my meds, I take heart healthy supps, I eat clean, but none of that means nothing when you are stressed out over everything like I have been! Your doctor can run as many tests as they see fit, but if you keep everything inside they won't know how to properly treat you.


I'm glad it didn't take something a lot more terrifying or tragic to happen, for me to learn this lesson. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, I may not know all of you personally, but I want you all here, a lot more than I want you over there!!!!
thats scary as fuck!

Glad your okay bro. Keep us posted on the follow up appointment
 

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So Sunday morning I woke up, I stayed lying down watching some YouTube, everything seemed fine. As I went to yawn, and take a deep breath, I noticed my chest hurt like nothing I ever effing felt before...EVER! To me this would be the type of pain someone with a fractured sternum would feel.

I started to stretch thinking I may have just slept wrong, I tried to maybe get some gas out, but nothing improved how it felt. I decided to take a shower and see, well in there I started dry heaving, then I began to vomit with only fluid and saliva coming out...but when I finished for a moment, I felt better. Then when I went to stand, it was like a horse kicked me in my chest, and my knees buckled! The entire room was spinning, it was like I was on too much speed or something. I knew at that moment I needed to get to the ER asap!


When I got there, I looked like I had just been doing cardio, I was drenched in sweat, and couldn't catch my breath no matter how much I tried to relax. They saw me come in, and before I knew it I was in a room being hooked up to an ekg, I was given some baby aspirins, and a nitroglycerin under the tongue. The machine checked me again, and my BP was 159/120, and my PR was 125 ( when I got there it was around 150 something).

My BP /PR started to climb again, so they gave me another nitroglycerin under the tongue, and they placed a nitroglycerin patch on my chest. It seemed like I had cables everywhere, I was scared as hell I won't deny it, I really thought I was going to die that day!

They felt like I was improving, then my BP and PR started going up again, at this point I'm almost crying in pain, so they put me on morphine IV, and I was given an Ativan. I was transported to a bigger hospital, and put in the cardiac floor in the area where they come to check on it seemed every 20 min. On my way there, my BP got up to 200/100. I can't remember what my PR was at.

I continued to have issues breathing, and I would throw up anytime I tried to sit up, so then they started with IV Zofran, which definitely helped they continued with the morphine, baby aspirin, and potassium. They gave me some magnesium that was mixed with juice as they said my mag was coming back low.


My blood sugar was down to around 82, then they would check again and it's 98, it did this my entire stay (keep in mind I was npo until my last day there) so they started checking it all day and all night, my poor fingers! They also took blood every certain amount of hours, to check for signs of tissue damage, eventually I was taken for an injectable stress test, and CT scan with contrast. They told me I have some abnormalities, but it was not a heart attack.. I have an appointment with the cardiologist next week to discuss everything.


What they suspect is my stress, anxiety, etc caused my BP to skyrocket up, which then led to the chest pain, high PR, and shortness of breath, they told me due to my family history, if I don't start taking life slowly,and with less stress...I'm going to have a cardiac event, that I may not make it from!

This was one of the scariest events in my life ( that has happened to me personally), I mean to feel so helpless, to feel like your life may end at any moment..i know I am so lucky it wasn't a heart attack or stroke (both run in my family, both sides), but this gave me a new outlook, you can't let life's setbacks also bring on an early death!

Well I wanted to share this with you guys, to emphasize how important it is to live as stress free as you possibly can, don't sweat the small stuff, and if you can't change it, then don't even think about it.

I see my docs, I take my meds, I take heart healthy supps, I eat clean, but none of that means nothing when you are stressed out over everything like I have been! Your doctor can run as many tests as they see fit, but if you keep everything inside they won't know how to properly treat you.


I'm glad it didn't take something a lot more terrifying or tragic to happen, for me to learn this lesson. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, I may not know all of you personally, but I want you all here, a lot more than I want you over there!!!!

How old are you? If I may ask...

Sounds like you’ve had a lot of personal/family issues and that can definitely be stressful.. You’ve got to find an outlet for that...

I know stress is a factor in health, it’s just crazy to believe that stress is what caused what you’re describing, I would’ve been terrified too..

As Maldorf said, keep us posted on what the docs tell you, I’m curious about your follow up..

Hope everything works out for you bro..
 

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How old are you? If I may ask...

Sounds like you’ve had a lot of personal/family issues and that can definitely be stressful.. You’ve got to find an outlet for that...

I know stress is a factor in health, it’s just crazy to believe that stress is what caused what you’re describing, I would’ve been terrified too..

As Maldorf said, keep us posted on what the docs tell you, I’m curious about your follow up..

Hope everything works out for you bro..
45, and yes with everything that has happened in my life, I've had people tell me they're surprised I didn't end up doing something crazy! Losing my daughter alone, would be enough for some people to check out. While in the hospital I saw 3 specialist, what they ended it with was simple...if you don't reduce your stress, I'm going to end up possibly not seeing 50! That was the scariest part of the entire experience.
 

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Idk wtf is it lately wit heart attacks, 30 bodybuilders got a heart attack within 2 weeks. Theres more to it.
I think covid is playing a major role. Since I was positive last year, I have absolutely not been the same! Personality wise, I'm much more reserved, and keep away from everyone. I have random moments of confusion, and feelings of desperation. And now this event, may all be a coincidence, but it's a pretty big one.
 

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I think covid is playing a major role. Since I was positive last year, I have absolutely not been the same! Personality wise, I'm much more reserved, and keep away from everyone. I have random moments of confusion, and feelings of desperation. And now this event, may all be a coincidence, but it's a pretty big one.
Kali muscle also just got a " random " heart attack couple days ago apparently non corona related and shawn rhoden bs. Makes me weary that worldwide drug ugl sources mightve gotten poisoned or sm cause something is very off.
 

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Glad youre ok bro. I think you will get better. Make sure you schedule relaxation time in your day every day. Learn how to meditate and you can do this anywhere even at work.

First time I ever had a significant panic attack I thought I was going to die and went to the ER. BP was high and I was sure my heart was the issue. Turns out I had a lot more stress in my life and didn't realize it at the time.
 

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Glad youre ok bro. I think you will get better. Make sure you schedule relaxation time in your day every day. Learn how to meditate and you can do this anywhere even at work.

First time I ever had a significant panic attack I thought I was going to die and went to the ER. BP was high and I was sure my heart was the issue. Turns out I had a lot more stress in my life and didn't realize it at the time.
Some people will act like stress is no biggie, well before my wife passed away, she was dealing with some of the most horrifying panic attacks I've ever, or wish to ever seen/see. Coupled with nightmares of dead children following her ( we lost our daughter, and she lost a son from a previous marriage), she would wake up screaming, not knowing where she was, who I was, then she would cry for hours. Nothing will ever convince me, this didn't play a role in her passing.

I'm not afraid to post this publicly, I cry all the time thinking about my wife, and daughter...then the holidays come around, and the memory of my mother hits me hard, since I lost her the week of Christmas. But lately I've been having moments of random crying episodes, that just come out of nowhere, then as quick as they arrive they leave. But, we as men who can we really talk to? I get man up, you're acting like a p***y, men shake that sh*t off, etc. So I internalize everything completely, and well you end up where I am now.
 

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mate you have been through more than most would in 2 lifetimes. It is a miracle that you can get up everyday and carry on. Don’t think I could cope.

get the help you need with regards to reducing your stress and anxiety and don’t ever feel afraid to vent on here, there’s not a soul on here who won’t lend an ear if you need it
 

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Kali muscle also just got a " random " heart attack couple days ago apparently non corona related and shawn rhoden bs. Makes me weary that worldwide drug ugl sources mightve gotten poisoned or sm cause something is very off.

Kali had a 100% blockage in one of his arteries!
 

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Some people will act like stress is no biggie, well before my wife passed away, she was dealing with some of the most horrifying panic attacks I've ever, or wish to ever seen/see. Coupled with nightmares of dead children following her ( we lost our daughter, and she lost a son from a previous marriage), she would wake up screaming, not knowing where she was, who I was, then she would cry for hours. Nothing will ever convince me, this didn't play a role in her passing.

I'm not afraid to post this publicly, I cry all the time thinking about my wife, and daughter...then the holidays come around, and the memory of my mother hits me hard, since I lost her the week of Christmas. But lately I've been having moments of random crying episodes, that just come out of nowhere, then as quick as they arrive they leave. But, we as men who can we really talk to? I get man up, you're acting like a p***y, men shake that sh*t off, etc. So I internalize everything completely, and well you end up where I am now.

Bro, that is a lot to go through. You don't need me to tell you but its ok to feel like you do. But also to remind yourself that you can and will get better. Time usually heals this stuff, but also meditation and other healthy and mindful things can help you digest through what you bean through. Even posting here is therapeutic.
 

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Look up the Wim Hof method, it uses cold exposure and deep breathing to help with stress, inflammation, keeping your immune system strong, and keeping the blood flow in your vessels flowing freely.
 

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Wow man...I'm really happy to hear you're okay! I had a very mild panic attack quite a few years ago (just around 25 years old). Mainly just chest pain and shortness of breath, but of course as soon as I felt those two things, the paranoia made them increase twofold. It was mild enough that I drove myself to the ER. They gave me an Xray and the "all clear", but since then I don't think I've ever really been the same. I used to be able to eat massive amounts of food in a sitting, but now if I eat half of what I used to shovel in, I notice a significantly increased heart rate and I gotta lay down. Also, sadly, I can't really consume stimulants without my heart doing somersaults throughout the day. Quite sad for me since my favorite drink in the world is black coffee and I used to drink a pot daily without any noticeable stimulant effect!

Essentially, stress is a killer. Even if it doesn't kill you, it has the ability to change your livelihood and life. My suggestion would be to find hobbies, as dumb as that sounds. Picking up an instrument, drawing, studying a language or another skill just for the sake of doing it...something you enjoy. Ironically, one of my big hobbies is meeting some friends and having a drink while smoking a cigar. Alcohol and tobacco...two big things that are negative for your health actually seem to calm me down and make my physical state and stress much lower. To be fair, at most I do it once a week and don't get intoxicated, moderation is key. I'm not promoting that particular hobby, but anything that relaxes you is probably healthier than doing "healthy" things that give you significant stress.

Stay healthy brother!
 

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