Found out over the weekend dad has heart health issues…..

posted 3 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
753 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Okay, first, calm down. Your dad is still here, right now, and you need to pull yourself together and focus on getting (and keeping!) him healthy. This is not about you, this is about him. You and your family will need to pull together and just support him the best you can. 

Now, a question- what heart health issues? A stroke is like a heart attack, but in your brain. Unless there are heart health issues you didn’t mention in your post? What do you mean about stents? I think you might be a little confused, but of course, I could be wrong… Unless he has some clogged vessels in his heart that are throwing clots to his brain. Then stents would make more sense.

If he had two strokes, he is very, very lucky that he’s walking away with just a little bit of numbness. You all should be ecstatic, and so grateful. Look at the bright side- now you know that there is an issue, and he’s not suffering intense long term effects. This is a good thing! Also an excellent sign- your dad is not hospitalized right now. If he was in severe, rapidly deteriorating condition, he would be in the hospital getting all these tests done back to back in the middle of the night. The fact that he is home and resting is a good thing. 

Hugs. Hang in there, you will know more after his tests. It’ll drive you crazy wondering, but try to just stay in the moment with your dad. He really needs your support and reassurance now, not frazzled hectic terrified energy- you know?


Post # 4
789 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My dad has gone through the same thing with having strokes. This was years ago and he’s still alive and kicking. He has to have a certain medicine with him at all times incase of another but he hasn’t had one in years. Everything will work out. 

Post # 5
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@cmoest:  Do not think about the future. Think about this very moment. Do/spent whatever time you can with him. Go out and do something you both love to do. I lost my mother a month after I turned 16 years old she was 44 years old. You can never know what is going to happen day to day. It’s hard but keep your head up, keep smiling, and do everything you can now. Be happy and make him happy to. That’s one thing my mother always taught me, “don’t look to the past or look to the future, look at the very minute your on and live for that moment.”

Post # 6
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I know how scary that is. There was a time when I was away for college and I kept calling home, my mom’s cell, and my dad’s cell, and no one answered – FOR FOUR DAYS. Considering we talked on the phone daily, this was a BFD. Well, come to find out my dad had been hospitalized for a heart attack but my parents didn’t want to worry my brother and I with the news.

Now, four years have passed, and after making some lifestyle changes (more excercise, retiring from his high stress job and getting a “fun” job for some money, less salt, less beer), and some medication, my dad has never been healthier. He’s actually getting weened off his heart meds nows.

So, again, I know how scary it is, but hopefully your dad sees this as a wakeup call and a chance to turn his health around. He’ll be around for many years to come!

Post # 7
975 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

My dad is 60, I am 24. A few years ago he had 5 heart attacks in one day and went for immediate heart surgery. It was very scray but just what he needed to try harder to get healthy. Stopped smoking, started eating better. 


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