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Old 03-14-2019, 10:33 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I know of one who died at the age of 18 while playing tennis. Most likely hear attack.

In someone that young a cardiac-related death is not likely to be due to atherosclerosis, and not even a "heart attack", but a sudden cardiac death due to an undiagnosed lethal arrythmia, a cardiomyopathy of some type, or even a congenital structural abnormality of the heart. These could be either hereditary, congenital, or acquired.

https://www.acc.org/latest-in-cardio...adult-athletes
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Old 03-14-2019, 10:35 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I had mine at 42. When I was laying on the emergency room table, the Doctor asked "Do you smoke ?" NOPE. "Do you drink heavily ?" NOPE. " Then I told him my own dad died at 48 with a heart attack, and he said "Bingo !" Heredity got me.

So, I have made it to 73 and outlived my dad by a long ways.
Thank goodness for technology, science and medicine, right?
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:11 AM
 
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My dad had a widow maker at 44, thankfully in an ER. Still took them over 2 minutes to bring him back.
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Old 03-14-2019, 01:17 PM
 
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I had a coworker who had a heart attack when she was very young- I think in her 30s or 40s. I believe it was due to a congenital defect in her heart as she was not a smoker or a drinker. I think she still had to have additional surgeries and follow ups when I knew her (she was in her early 50s), although she otherwise seemed fairly healthy.
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Old 03-14-2019, 08:19 PM
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Not before 50, but my mom had so many her cardiologist stopped counting. He attributed her cardiac issues to tick borne vectors (Lyme, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis -she had all three).

I have an electrical short in my heart that freaks out sometimes - cardiologist 20+ years ago told me to “bear down” as if doing a movement, until it subsides. If that doesn’t work call 911, but I have no insurance so that’s funny. So far I’m still alive.

A dear friend lost his athletic teenage son suddenly... on Valentine’s Day -heart attack. An unknown anomaly just wiped a young healthy man out.
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:20 PM
 
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Not before 50, but my mom had so many her cardiologist stopped counting. He attributed her cardiac issues to tick borne vectors (Lyme, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis -she had all three).

I have an electrical short in my heart that freaks out sometimes - cardiologist 20+ years ago told me to “bear down” as if doing a movement, until it subsides. If that doesn’t work call 911, but I have no insurance so that’s funny. So far I’m still alive.

A dear friend lost his athletic teenage son suddenly... on Valentine’s Day -heart attack. An unknown anomaly just wiped a young healthy man out.
Interesting about your mom! I'm curious what you mean by "bear down" what movement?

thanks!
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Know anyone who had a heart attack before age 50? Was it due to a heart defect or a lifestyle factor?
Yeah. Lots.
Even 30s.

Lifestyle, food, smoking, cocaine, meth, T replacement, congenital defects...
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Old 03-14-2019, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Alexander Archipelago
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I have an electrical short in my heart that freaks out sometimes - cardiologist 20+ years ago told me to “bear down” as if doing a movement, until it subsides. If that doesn’t work call 911, but I have no insurance so that’s funny. So far I’m still alive. .
PSVT? Not related to heart disease, therefore isn't a life threatening event. Catheter ablation usually fixes it, but then you have no insurance...

I had a co brother in law-guess that's the term?-who died at age 50 from a heart attack.

He had the triple whammy: History of smoking, bad diet/out of shape and genetic propensity.
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Old 03-15-2019, 02:47 AM
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settled00 - he said, may I be blunt - to bear down as if having a bowel movement. I’ve never really had to bear down for that, but I’m pretty sure the doc saved my life several times - or at least saved me from several ER visits. It works. So far. I won’t work forever - I’m simply lucky for now. My heart likes to jump around like a goofball and it’s really scary.

When I had insurance, they said I needed surgery to fix it, but it wasn’t dire at the moment. It would only be an issue when I got older.

Welp, I’m older. I should have had the surgery. When I’ve been on Medicaid (equivalent to going to the ER for crises, just quieter), they refused to let me see a cardiologist. Refused to put me on meds I’d been on and asked for repeatedly. Nope! Sad day for me! They put me on HBP meds, fine, but that never addresses my electrical short. So there you go. Pro tip: don’t be poor.

Also, you can’t just go to a cardiologist and throw cash at them.

Folks: if you have insurance that includes specialists - make sure you are cared for because if/when you lose good care - Medicaid is designed to make care as difficult to get as possible. At least that’s been my experience in my state for years. It’s sickening that pols don’t know the details. People die because of deliberate Medicaid obstacles. I’ll probably be one of them.

Side note, had a pap done (years ago) - doc asked me when I had my hysterectomy. Um, what? He couldn’t find my damn cervix apparently.

You get what you pay for in America I guess. Really makes me mad - Ive always been proactively healthy. I went from being a productive, active contributor to society to being bedridden for years.

If I had access to doctors I am sure I would have bounced back enough to be productive.

I’m trying to overcome those years of immobility on my own. Still have no help with my heart, bones or genetic blood disorder (that nearly took my life - I should have meds available -like an epiPen but for bleeding). I used to have it... in the fridge. I had it for a month. Then I lost humane, ongoing access.

It’s really tragic. I just wanted preventive/maintenance care. It’s amazing what happens to someone when care is denied and chronic issues can’t be maintained.

If you have health care, cherish it.

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Old 03-15-2019, 03:25 AM
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Blind cleric - no, not PSVT. Either way, per my long post - the only remedy I have is to bear down and cross my fingers.

It’s really stupid to waste human life as we do. I was a model patient - I advise everyone to be. I followed orders, I stayed healthy.

Spine injuries reduced my options. No more running. Depression went unchecked. I became unrecognizable because I didn’t and don’t have health care. Sucks to be me.

Lately, I’m trying to walk, I know what to eat and I eat as well as possible without enough $ - I’ve lost about 30 lbs. mostly because I need to buy less food. I’m trying to get as healthy as I can without doctors. It’s hard to move when moving hurts. I don’t and won’t do opioids. They never helped and not worth the risk.

I just wish I could have a heart doc, a bleeding time test once a year and a way to get a yearly mam/pap. Last time they said I had a complicated breast cyst - lost Medicaid. US is a lousy place to live if you aren’t healthy or wealthy.
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