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My husband had been having severe headaches with pain that felt like pressure throughout his head and down both sides of his neck. While he suffered for a week or two before becoming unbearable, he had to do something. While driving him to the hospital; he felt he was having chest pain and couldn’t breathe. He said he thought he was having a heart attack. I had read somewhere, if you thought you were having a heart attack, “to cough as hard as you could”. So he did several times. My husband had a heart attack!

Once we arrived at the hospital, he went into the ER and told them what he was feeling, as I parked the car. When I went in, they had him in the room and were doing an assessment of his complaint.

My husband had a heart attack
image of vitals/heart monitor
Vitals / Heart Monitor

The Doctor asked questions, then said the heart monitor showed his heart was fine. My husband, in so much pain, begged for something to relieve the pain. So they gave him something for pain and took him to do a CT Scan of his head and neck area. When he returned from the CT Scan he looked a bit pale but seemed to have settled down from the pain somewhat. When returned to the room, they laid him back in the bed. Suddenly, he started jerking and snorting and became limp. I called out to him and he did not respond. He had become unconscious and had died right before my eyes. It was the most terrifying moment of my life.

The nurses called out for the doctor and took me to another room while they did their job to save him. It was probably only 20 minute or so, but it seemed like forever for me. The doctor told me he had a heart attack and they had to perform CPR plus 1 Shock to get him back. They were going to have him airlifted to a larger hospital in our area that specialized in heart issues.

It all seemed to happen so fast. My strong firefighter husband in critical condition, airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Charlotte, NC. I had a nurse call my sister and her husband to come and take me to be with him. I was in no condition to drive myself.

My Husband Had A Heart Attack
Image of operating room with surgeons

As we arrived, the staff brought him into his room, from the heart lab. He had the procedure of a stent placed in the artery, that had 99% blockage, which was the cause of the heart attack. It was so good to see his skin color was good. Although, he had been through it, it was good to see him smiling. I was so happy to see him alive, looking better and not in excruciating pain. Although the report for other blockages in his heart wasn’t good, we rest in the fact that we trust God to undertake in those issues as well.

He was in the ICU unit for 3 or 4 days before he was able to come home. Again, our family members (God bless each one), was there for us to get him home to rest.

He is now back to work after 2 weeks, since the heart attack. My opinion was, it was too early. However, the medical doctor approved it, so he was happy to be back at work.

He later had a Cardiac MRI, which indicated abnormal. Even so, he was scheduled to see the Cardiologist in the month of April, which is two months out. Due to the Corona Virus pandemic, which is scary to have to wait that long. But we are trusting God that he has this and we can trust Him with it. I know that sounds like we are just being passive about it but, we are not in control – He his.

Since going through this with my Dad having a heart attack and now my husband, I have done a little research about things that can help someone who has experienced a heart attack. Also, for those of us who haven’t been diagnosed with such news.

This information came from a magazine that I like to pick up from time to time. The article was titled “Keep Your Heart Healthy”. The magazine, First For Women, and the Cardiologist writings referenced.

Take Coenzyme Q10 (also called “CoQ10“)

What does it do for your heart?

Excerpt from First For Women- May 25, 2020 Magazine.

It actually works to strengthen your heart muscle, helping it to pump blood quickly and easily without “tiring” -* reveals Cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, MD. author of Reverse Heart Disease Now. The dosage of 100mg to 200 mg daily also relaxes artery walls so effectively, it can trim up to 17 points off your blood pressure in 90 days. * *Check with your Cardiologist!

Sweeten with D-Ribose* – Supplement –

*By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T., is a board-certified cardiologist who is also board certified in internal medicine, and has additional certifications in nutrition, bioenergetic psychotherapy, and anti-aging medicine. He has lectured and facilitated workshops worldwide and has authored several publications and medical periodicals. He has been a featured guest on many national radio and television shows including CNN, MSNBC, Fox on Health, the Dr. Oz, The Doctors, and 700 Club shows, and The Today Show.

Having an acute ischemic event, such as a heart attack, is even more problematic. In addition to rapidly and substantially depleting D-ribose and ATP, these events further draw down the heart’s energy reserves as the body repairs damaged tissue.

In all scenarios, a vicious cycle can emerge: The heart begins to fail because its energy levels are low, but it can’t produce more energy because it’s failing.

Avoiding this vicious cycle is the number one reason I recommend that all heart patients take daily D-ribose supplements.

One group that D-ribose seemed to benefit the most was patients with congestive heart failure.

In the trial, patients received 5 grams of D-ribose three times daily, for approximately two and a half weeks. At the end of the test period, participants reported improvements in energy, sleep, mental clarity, pain intensity, and overall well-being.

How to Use D-Ribose

* By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T

Since it’s sold in powder form, D-ribose is easiest to take mixed with a beverage. Its slightly sweet taste makes it perfect for coffee or tea. It also can be added to smoothies, or mixed with yogurt. My recommended dosage is 5 grams, 2–3 times a day.

As far as side effects go, don’t worry. I’ve seen D-ribose cause digestive upset in some people, but most folks tolerate it just fine. If you’re one of the unlucky few, simply reduce the dosage. That usually resolves any issues.

Because D-ribose is a sugar, some people worry it will raise blood glucose levels. The good news is that ribose will not increase your blood sugar level. In fact, there is evidence that D- ribose can lower it. If you’re taking insulin to manage diabetes—or are on another blood sugar–lowering medication—exercise caution with D-ribose, in order to avoid hypoglycemia.

Interesting Information

This information was interesting for me to read about. If you would consider any of this information for yourself, please check with your Cardiologist before changing or bringing anything new into your routine of medications, even if its supplements.

Again, I am not a professional of any discipline and I am not giving any medical advise. Check with your physician(s), before making any changes to his/her directives.

Sincerely and respectfully,


Kathie is the Jesus loving, makeup-wearing, fashionista behind the Life & Beauty After 60 blog. She has been a CEO/owner of a staffing company and a beauty consultant for a prominent retail cosmetic brand. She lives in North Carolina with her Firefighter/Inspector husband. Kathie wants to inspire you to live your healthiest, happiest and most confident life after 60!

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