This great post was submitted in our article Wonderful Things that Happen When You Quit Smoking and it was published as a regular post, many thanks for this wonderful experiences Brian.
Just stumbled across this site and thought I would leave my story I’m a 41 year old male and only 8 days ago suffered a massive heart attack, fortunately I am here to tell my story.
When arriving at the hospital I already knew I was having a heart attack and the paramedics done a fantastic job with me and took me straight into the hospital to have a stent fitted to my main artery in the heart, so in short woke up at 5am having a massive heart attack and by 7am had been whisked away to hospital and had stent fitted, paramedics, nurses and doctors have done their job, now the rest is up to me.
I have smoked 20+ cigarettes a day since I was 12 sometimes closer to 40 a day, now no one has said to me my heart attack is a direct result of smoking, more probably it was in my genes, my mother died at 45 with a massive heart attack(she had no illnesses leading up to the event), my father had a massive heart attack when he was 58 (thankfully my dad survived and is still with us), on my father’s side he lost his mother and 1 brother to heart attack and 1 further brother who had a heart attack and is still with us) so I would bet on having an attack whether I smoked or not.
But now I need to make massive lifestyle changes if I want to be here for a while. No one asked me or inferred I should give up smoking but within 3 hours of the attack my mind was made up, now I know it’s easy to make that decision while lying on a hospital bed, it is not likely a nurse will come up and give you a cigarette with your breakfast etc.
The single biggest thing that gets me through the struggle of the withdrawal symptoms, is that I promised my 2 boys aged 5 and 3 I would do everything I humanly possibly can to prevent any further attacks. The only thing I am trying is just now is the nicotine patches, which I would say are quite good, tried the gum but after taking the first one found it quite disgusting, I think because I tasted the nicotine in my mouth.
So in essence what I am saying probably is first and foremost you need the will power then support of your family followed by any NRT that works.
My boys have been instructed that if they ever ever see their dad with a dirty smoky thing at his mouth they have to say “Daddy do it for me.”
And just remember “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!”
Good luck to all my fellow quitters!
I am speechless Brian! I don’t know how to thank you for this wonderful experience – This story will surely push a lot of soon to be non-smokers – Thank you!
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