Coping with cardiovascular disease
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I am interested in hearing about how you are coping with having a cardiovascular disease. How did your react when you were diagnosed: Did you change your lifestyle completely, make slight moderations, did you become afraid of owerworking yourself? And are you holding on to all those feelings?
Good day to you all,
I had a heart attack two years ago, which came as a surprise. Since then i have tried to make some positive lifestyle changes. My job is very sedentary, but now I have a desk with incline, so i can stand during the day. I also bike to work instead of taking the bus. And of course I am concerned with my diet. I am not fanatic, but the days with cheesecake and bearnaise are over. I think about my health every day now and the fear of another heart attack is still there. But I think the fear is helping me to stay on the right path, it's a reminder that if I don't take care of myself, it could happen again.
My diagosis was quite uneventful. I had some mild chest pain on-off for a few days and went to see my GP. It didn't take long to find out that I have cardiovascular disease. I was surprised, but finding out was nothing like I thought it would be. I always imagine heart attacks etc. So I am very happy it was so mild and got caught early. I am more cautious now, with my diet and exercise in particular. My wife had a bit more of a hard time. She was so worried, but after a few years with us managing it so well, she is more relaxed too.
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