Five Years Ago Today Everything Changed, For the Better.
10 minutes to save your life. Doesn't seem like much time does it? But it was the difference in me being here today or my wife planning a funeral. Dec 10, 2012 at 1:25 AM in the morning I woke to an incredible crushing pain in my chest. I sat on the edge of the bed and realized I was sweating all over and my left arm was hurting. I knew at once I was having a heart attack and woke my wife Mary to call 9-1-1 at once. The police were at the house in a minute and the ambulance was there in 5 minutes. On the way to the hospital I was given 4 aspirin and a nitroglycerin tablet. Arrived at the hospital by 1:45am and was rushed into ER. They slapped a couple shock pads on me just in case. At exactly 1:53AM my heart went into a deadly rhythm called ventricular tachycardia, (v-tach) for short. It is a vibrating rhythm instead of a beating rhythm. If it happens in the ambulance, they normally can't shock it back to normal. ER has other drugs that the ambulance doesn't carry to inject that help resume normal rhythm. For 40 seconds I was technically dead while they shocked me twice, the second shock returned the heart to normal rhythm. The timeline was critical, if we had waited 10 minutes to call 911, the EMT in the ambulance would have had to shock me so many times the heart would have been severely damaged and depending on how far from the hospital we were, would likely have been fatal to my heart. Immediately after returning to the living, they rushed me to the cath lab and inserted a stent through my leg into my heart. It went smoothly and by 2:45AM I was back in recovery. One hour and twenty five minutes start to finish. Bottom line was simple. Never, ever wait to call 911, time is critical. My risk factors were as follows. I had cholesterol of 140, Blood pressure of 130/72, non-smoker, not diabetic and fairly active lifestyle. If you're not familiar with risk factors, those are all very low numbers and show no risk at all. But what I did have a was an unknown family heart disease history. I am now eating a vegetarian diet with my wife and vegan daughters. I'm working out and I've lost 11 pounds already and am looking forward to all the great things a second chance in life has to offer. Get your heart checked and never ignore warning signs or family history.
Scott Seaton SLS Home Inspections 815-644-6271 Serving the Kankakee area for the past 10 years and hopefully for many more.
UPDATE- Today is the 5 year anniversary of my heart attack. I am still alive, am now vegan, have lost 10 lbs., and love living every minute of my second chance life. I just finished my best year ever. Business, family, marriage. If you ever thought you couldn't change to a healthy lifestyle, you're just like me and I did it. You can too.