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Fri, Jan 24 9:45pm · Renal - Infrarenal Aortic Aneurysm in Aortic Aneurysms

Hi Jessica

I do not have the diagnosis of AAA but thought I could offer some possible help for both you and your mom of
some emotions you may begin to have. I have a diagnosis of CAD and a new diagnosis this past May. The medical professionals tell us how to treat our diagnoses, but no one really covers the emotional roller coaster you are going to be on. I still deal with so many emotions. I cry, I get angry, I scream, I want to be alone, I want to have a hug from a good friend. Your mom will probably be feeling some of these and you may also go through them also. My suggestion to you both is to let yourself feel these and let each other know, if you can. Let the other family members know also. None of us know how we are going to react to our diagnoses. Just ask them to try to understand, as this is new for everyone. I tell myself daily…..things will work out….maybe today, maybe tomorrow….we don’t know when….just keep thinking positive.

Jun 21, 2016 · Cholesterol in Heart & Blood Health

Thank you for sharing the title of that book. I will be doing some research to see if I can find it. I have gotten better over the past few years, but still worry at times, not about myself but for my boys and how this world has changed.

Jun 16, 2016 · Staying healthy physically (and mentally) post heart attack in Heart & Blood Health

@hals
The experience that we have such as yours and mine really make us look at why we are here and how we decide to pursue our dreams and I have been getting better at the saying “if this does not happen or I don’t do this now….is it worth stressing..” as my dad used to say to me “don’t sweat the small stuff.” Finally after so much time has passed, I can actually look at situations in this way now.

Jun 16, 2016 · Cholesterol in Heart & Blood Health

Hi @bob270 I had a stent placed in my mid-40s, and they figure my blockage was caused both by higher cholesterol in the 200s, but also with all the stress I had in my life. I have been working through these last years on reducing stress and my cholesterol, and some days are harder than others, but I am making progress.

Jun 16, 2016 · Hello in Heart & Blood Health

Hi Mike, I hang out in the Heart group due to my history of heart disease. All the areas have interesting discussions going on, and we all can learn from each other.

Jun 16, 2016 · Air travel with A Fib & on Zarelto in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Good afternoon. If your wife is concerned, the best thing to do is contact your cardiologist, as they probably deal with these concerns with many of their patients.

May 12, 2016 · Staying healthy physically (and mentally) post heart attack in Heart & Blood Health

@sharlene, if you cannot get to Cardiac Rehab, there are many gyms including the Y who have personal trainers that will be able to help you. I remember going through Cardiac Rehab, it was the scariest time, as I did not know how much to exert myself, as I was afraid of having another heart attack. But it was the best thing I did. I now workout 5 days a week (30 to 60 minutes cardio and 30 minutes weightlifting). If I get fearful now, I just think positive! I actually don’t feel good if I don’t exercise any more, it is so helpful with stress and just an overall good endorphin feeling.

May 12, 2016 · Staying healthy physically (and mentally) post heart attack in Heart & Blood Health

@joem. It is a process of small steps. Also, don’t deprive yourself, as it has been said to me. It is okay to have that “treat” occasionally and in moderation and exercising—walking three times a day for 10 minutes each and weightlifting 3 times a week whether you use weights or your own body weight helps.