Power of Possible: Surviving Multiple Heart Attacks

Power of Possible: Surviving Multiple Heart Attacks

August 28, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


Welcome to this week’s Power of Possible,
brought to you by UConn Health. I was very surprised when they told me I had
a heart attack. I don’t have the typical risk factors, so
I never imagined in a million years that I would have a heart attack. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is
basically the tearing up of your arteries, which happens spontaneously, as the name suggests. Spontaneous dissection is very difficult to
predict, and very difficult to treat. So it was always in the back of my mind that
I might have another one. When it did happen, I wasn’t surprised. Fortunately, her heart function almost completely
recovered after we put in a stent. Basically, I now realize that anybody can
have a heart attack at any time. It’s scary. You can imagine if you have something that
happens spontaneously, where you have little influence over it—it’s important that you
get the support after a disease to deal with the stress that is related with this disease. Dr. Schmitt told me about the support group. It’s nice to talk to other people who’ve been
through similar situations. It’s just nice to know you’re not alone. At this point, since she’s on the right medication,
she should be okay. The whole experience after having a heart
attack was just absolutely crazy. Knowing that UConn’s here and that they’ve
helped me just made all the difference.