The heart attack chronicles: the game changer

daggerSunday June 2, 2013 started just like any lazy Sunday for me, except for waking up at 4:30AM. And, feeling like I was experiencing severe indigestion. And, feeling like some one was choking me. And, hurting really bad under my left arm and around to my back.

When the discomfort didn’t ease up, I woke my wife and suggested we go to the emergency room. I did not think the situation was serious. I had no prior history of heart issues. My blood pressure was always fact, during my heart attack it was in the normal range. I did not have high cholesterol. I had just had a physical in March and the only issue I had was triglyceride levels. My triglycerides were high. But I didn’t think that was a problem. I would change my diet and lose some weight. But, I didn’t.

I was wrong to believe I was not at risk for a heart attack. Because I was. I had several factors that put me at risk:
A. My age. I was 51
B. My weight. I was overweight.
C. Family history. My father and grandfather died from heart attacks in their fifties.
D. blood. When I say they were high, there were through the roof high. And, to my surprise triglycerides cause plaque in the arteries.
E. Stress

All of these factors converged. My left anterior descending (aka the widow maker) was totally blocked. And, I suffered a massive heart attack. I survived what kills many due to a couple of things:
A. I listened to my body and sought treatment within the first ninety minutes.
B. I was born with an extra heart beat which provided me with a strong heart.

It was while I was laying on a stretcher that I grasped the gravity of the situation. I realized I had taken a precious God given gift and didn’t take care of it. I took full responsibility for my actions and whatever happened (whether I lived or died)I would accept that. It was a very sobering moment. The reality of death was present and I knew survival or death were out of my control. I knew it would be up to God. And, I was spared. Now this re-birth has given me a sense of purpose to share my story. I want to encourage others who have went through the same experience. And, I want to be a wake up call to those who are heading down the same road I was. I have a message and I want to share it.


~ by Daniel Toops on November 7, 2013.

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