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Old 04-09-2018, 12:30 PM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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A plea to my female friends. If you haven't been to the doctor in a while, GO! My Stacey last October started having severe pain in her back, that finally got her to the doctor for a herniated disk diagnosis that needed surgery. I found her a PCP at my clinic for a pre-op exam and they did an EKG. The doctor asked when she had her HEART ATTACK!!!! Instead of her back surgery on 11/15, she had a triple heart bypass on 11/18 instead.... She is still recovering from that (and had her back surgery mid December). 50 years old.



Fast forward to this past weekend. My neighborhood friend (more my sister's than mine, I ran amuck with her brothers), had a heart attack and passed away on Saturday. Not my place to name names, but I'm not sure if she reached 50 yet. Recently a new grandmother too. Don't say it can't happen to you. It can. Symptoms can be a lot different for women than men. My Stacey had NO CLUE that she had a heart attack. Only showed up on the EKG.



You guys in your late 40's and 50's, you need a physical too, including the dreaded colonoscopy (the prep the night before is worse than the procedure and they give you good drugs to knock you out)

 
Old 04-09-2018, 02:55 PM
 
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Very well said.

Doctors are your friend.
 
Old 04-09-2018, 08:17 PM
 
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Yep, I see my GP 4 times a year and get an annual physical (with EKG).
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Old 04-09-2018, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Saint John, IN
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I personally know 5 people who had heart attacks in their 50's and 1 in their 40's. Only 1 survived (my mother, heart attack at age 58). All the rest died instantly. My father being one of them at age 57 and an Uncle at age 43. I also know 2 people in their 40's who had colon cancer. One died at age 42, the other survived.

I see a Cardiologist once a year for a congenital heart defect, but I asked him when my DH should have a stress test done since his father passed away of a heart attack at age 55. He said even though my DH is physically fit and does get an annual exam every year for work he should start having stress echo's and EKG at 45 due to family history. Well, guess who turned 45 this year and has not gone yet!
 
Old 04-10-2018, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I personally know 5 people who had heart attacks in their 50's and 1 in their 40's. Only 1 survived (my mother, heart attack at age 58). All the rest died instantly. My father being one of them at age 57 and an Uncle at age 43. I also know 2 people in their 40's who had colon cancer. One died at age 42, the other survived.

I see a Cardiologist once a year for a congenital heart defect, but I asked him when my DH should have a stress test done since his father passed away of a heart attack at age 55. He said even though my DH is physically fit and does get an annual exam every year for work he should start having stress echo's and EKG at 45 due to family history. Well, guess who turned 45 this year and has not gone yet!
I have a cousin who is alive only because his wife, who's a nurse, insisted he go to the ER when he started having chest pain. He was in his 50s.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 04:28 AM
 
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It was only by going for an annual exam at age 51 that a high grade aggressive bladder cancer was found. I had no symptoms nor did I have any of the risk factors. The urologic oncologists said that by time I had symptoms I'd of been terminal. Just a simple urine test as part of an annual physical found it in time to save my bladder, and me.

Two years ago I went for a colonoscopy because I had been told I needed to do it every 5 years due to family history. The doctor acted like I was wasting his time and that I should have waited until 10 years, until he starting finding polyps, 5 in all, one pre-cancerous. Then he changed his tune. Now I'm every two years, but with a different doctor.

Go for annual physicals. Go for colonoscopies. Do the prostate exams. It just may save your life.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 10:16 AM
 
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I have a cousin who is alive only because his wife, who's a nurse, insisted he go to the ER when he started having chest pain. He was in his 50s.

I can give you what happens when you don't.

My late husband was having mild chest pains, because I was always making him go to the doctor for stuff (rightfully so), I just told him "if you think you should go to the doctor, then go." He didn't. He died of heart attack 2 months later.

He was 43.
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Old 04-10-2018, 10:22 AM
 
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My uncle who hadn't been to a doctor in years walked in happily for his *free* Medicare exam once he turned 65.

One chest x-ray and 6 months later his was dead after being put into a medically induced coma ... a result from all the drugs and procedures and mistakes they made. He was medically tortured to death. All standard of care, of course. Even all the mistakes.

Had he not gone for that fateful visit I have no doubts he'd be alive today.

Use discretion. Make smart choices.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 12:49 PM
 
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My uncle who hadn't been to a doctor in years walked in happily for his *free* Medicare exam once he turned 65.

One chest x-ray and 6 months later his was dead after being put into a medically induced coma ... a result from all the drugs and procedures and mistakes they made. He was medically tortured to death. All standard of care, of course. Even all the mistakes.

Had he not gone for that fateful visit I have no doubts he'd be alive today.

Use discretion. Make smart choices.
If mistakes were made it was not standard of care.
 
Old 04-10-2018, 12:53 PM
 
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If mistakes were made it was not standard of care.
You know nothing about what happened and your *opinion* is 100% wrong.

Standard of care kills people -- it kills 100,000+ Americans every single year through following the instructions on drug package inserts.

And standard of care killed my uncle. Period. End of story. Don't comment on things you NOTHING about.
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