I recently had a heart attack – 100% blockage in left anterior descending (LAD) artery that runs down the front of the heart and supplies the front and main wall. That kind of heart attack is commonly called a Widowmaker, which is a nugget of information I am glad I didn’t know that at the time.
Why did it happen? Plaque dislodged and moved; that is the only thing that is clear. To quote my doctor, “Sometimes it just happens.” Occasionally the marathon runner keels over while the 85-year-old obese lifetime smoker does not. There are general principles that tend to lead to generally predictable results – and then there are particular people who are unpredictable. I appear to be the latter. Now I am taking a handful of pills every day, slowly reentering into the ebb and flow of life, studying how to fill my body with things that promote heart and artery health, and offering prayers of gratitude that God has allowed me more time with my wife, my boys, and my friends. [Read more…]