Posted: 19/04/2013 at 08:30
Ivy a killer? it nearly got me in 2009! I was cutting it back for several hours and found I couldn't get my breath, decided to call an ambulance which took me into A&E where a kind Dr told me I was having a heart attack.
Thats an interesting tense not had or going to have but having. Luckily he had some stuff he could inject me with but he said there was a 5% chance of a bleed on the brain. hmm thinks I 5% chance it might do that if I have it. 100% chance i'll die without it. I said i'll take it. Next day had a stent fitted and a few months later another but since then been fine.
A heart attack is a blockage of one of the coronary arteries that feed oxygenated blood to the heart muscle, losing that blood supply is ok for 20-30 minutes usually after which the muscle starts to die and dead heart muscle becomes scar tissue if you survive.
Luckily i recognised it could be something serious,(i thought it could be a reaction to the Ivy), and made the choice to call an ambulance. So roughly 30 minutes after it occured the blood flow was restored. A healthy heart is around 60% efficient mine is 55% So pretty close to normal.
So the key thing is to get treated as fast as possible.
Friend of mine joseph, I was waiting at his house to go fishing and he came in from shopping very pale with a slow heart beat. He didn't want to do anything since he was seeing a dr later in the afternoon.
But between me and his daughters i got him in my car took him to his GP who promptly had him in an ambulance and into hospital, trouble was the delay cost him more of his health. After 3 weeks he had a triple bypass and a pacemaker fitted. He is still alive and kicking too just has to take things steady these days
So Ivy a killer yes i think so, but more importantly if you think something is wrong don't delay your life and how you live afterwards depends on it.