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    Heart attack concern again

    So this has been bothering me for a few days again. My breathing has become short, and my heart feels like itís racing. Iíve also had a bit of an upset stomach, and Iím terrified Iíll have a heart attack or Iím having one now. The symptoms donít keep me up at night, and itís literally not even chest pain, but the shortness of breath, and the rapid heart rate make it feel like my chest has some pressure...like I canít catch my breath. Iíve had this worry for almost 8 years now because I have horrible eating habits. Even though Iím actually very thin, 5í 10Ē and 136 pounds, I feel like Iím skinny fat. So I worry that my arteries are clogged because of my insanely bad eating habits. Each doctor I went to the past few years mentions my heart rate is high (but thatís because itís like that when Iím in the doctors office only) and my blood pressure is normal surprisingly enough.

    So is there any chance my arteries would be clogged by age 26? I feel a decade of poor eating would do that. I donít know why this has been a problem for me lately, because I guess it seems to be happening more frequently.

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    Re: Heart attack concern again

    Hi

    This is just a courtesy reply to let you know that your post was moved from its original place to a sub-forum that is more relevant to your issue.

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    Re: Heart attack concern again

    Well, that sucks. I somehow managed to delete my post. I only wanted to edit it to add something. Lame... But what I said was:

    "Clogged arteries" caused by poor diet at 26 years old? Extremely doubtful, IMO. My mom's family has history of early heart disease. None of them overweight. My uncle had his first heart attack at 38 or 39. My mom at 54. My grandmother (their mum) around 55. What did they all have in common? Very poor diet - practically from birth. They all grew up eating food cooked in pure lard. My uncle especially LOVED fried foods. Uncle and grandmother were both very sedentary, my mum still is. Mum and uncle both smoked - mom picked it back up shortly after discharge following her heart attack. :( None of them took / take care of themselves appropriately, such as following doctor's orders / recommendations.

    Do you have major risk factors? Smoking, drinking, drugs, sedentary lifestyle ... But also FAMILY HISTORY of early heart disease at TWENTY-SIX or even THIRTY? BP sounds like it's good, same for no obesity. What about lipids? When did you last have your cholesterol checked?

    Also, I get it, because I do things I know I shouldn't with this family history and having cholesterol out of wack, as well as (controlled) mildly elevated BP. Yet I fear the consequences of my own negligence. Why do we do this? I've mostly accepted it, but I also have legitimate goals to begin making healthier choices. Are you doing the same? Are you doing anything to improve diet?

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    Re: Heart attack concern again

    If you delete a post the admins can undelete it for you if you let us know.
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    Re: Heart attack concern again

    Genetics plays a large part. Not everybody who partakes in risk factors is at risk. But obviously if you do, then you up the risk. Ignore statistics. If you're got a healthy heart enjoy life, try to eat better, exercise, and be happy. Stress and worry won't do you any favors.
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    Re: Heart attack concern again

    As far as I’m concerned, no one on either side of my family had any heart disease. However, I don’t think anyone had as bad of eating habits as I do. My grandfather ate everything and anything though, and he was thin like myself, he passed away when he was 95. I keep telling myself to eat healthier because I honestly am getting sick of the unhealthy food. I literally eat it because it’s so easy to make...I just open the packaging and it’s ready. The past few days my heart worries were gone, but they’ve crept back up today. I haven’t had a cholesterol test though, I’m honestly scared to get one because I don’t want to hear “oh, that very high” speech from my doctor. I can’t imagine it’s normal, despite having normal blood pressure and weight. My heart rate skyrockets, but I know why that happens...at rest when I’m not anxious it’s completely normal. I wish I knew exactly what my arteries looked like, then I’d even feel a tad better I guess. Thank you though for the responses. Again, I don’t know why this is bothering me so much.

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