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Old 10-03-2004, 05:48 PM   #21
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Egads,
I took the test several weeks ago.
I'll call my doctor tomorrow.
Thanks for the warning
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Re: Reality Check - Friend Dies...............
Old 10-03-2004, 06:53 PM   #22
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Dropping dead from a heart attack is probably my biggest phobia. The heart is the one thing in my system where I think evolution screwed up on the design. I would have made things a little more fault tolerant.

Anytime I feel any sort of pain anywhere in my upper torso, I go through this little ritual:

-- I move around to verify that the pain was muscular rather than heart-related (I've heard that cardiac pain doesn't go away with movement).

-- I'll cough (this probably does nothing, but the idea is that the diaphram can sort of fill in for the heart to get things pumping).

-- I'll pop an aspirin. Aspirin is a cheap blood thinner, so if your arteries are clogged, this will help prevent blood from coagulating and completely blocking an artery.

Basically, fear of CHD has made me crazy
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Old 10-04-2004, 04:53 AM   #23
 
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Hi Wab! Still on the diet, but more cheating now....
(only a bit ). Now, I need to get blood work done
to see if any changes. One good thing is that I am
more aware of diet and exercise and thus more likely to make better choices. I doubt I would agree to
cholesterol-lowering drugs unless someone told me
I was in imminent danger of dying. Anyway, I understand your angst, although your biggest fear
is probably my biggest wish. I would love to just drop
dead, just not yet

Got to go eat my oat bran................

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Old 10-04-2004, 05:14 AM   #24
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I'll cough (this probably does nothing, but the idea is that the diaphram can sort of fill in for the heart to get things pumping).
I heard that coughing can help sometimes (e.g., some types of temporary arrythmias), and hurt at other times (e.g., some types of coronary artery blockage, burst blood vessels). *My opinion is that if you cough, it is best to fully research the subject so that you understand when it will help, and when to avoid it. *It can be dangerous.

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cholesterol-lowering drugs unless someone told me *
I was in imminent danger of dying.
It might be too late by then. *Most of the time it is better to find a good doctor, and do what the he says. *Blocked vessels don't always lead to quick and easy deaths. *Often, a person winds up disabled, unable to do what they want to do because of a damaged heart. *A blocked vessel in the brain can leave you paralyzed. *Nasty stuff if you can improve your odds of preventing it with one tiny pill per day.
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Old 10-04-2004, 08:48 AM   #25
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One good thing is that I am
more aware of diet and exercise and thus more likely to make better choices.
Yep, simply going from eating food to making conscious decisions about what I eat was a big help. Eventually the "cheating" becomes a slippery slope, which is why most diets fail. That's another reason why I like a low-carb diet. You don't have to be a martyr to follow it, so there's less incentive to cheat.

Now if I can just shake off this phobia of coughing.....
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