At The Doctor's Office

Doctor It Up

Laughter may be the best medicine, but you still need to see the doctor sometimes. It's important to have regular checkups and take any medications you're prescribed. Find out how to get the most out of your appointments and build a productive partnership.

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Are you a heart event survivor?
"I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack."
"After having just undergone a complete physical, at the age of 42 and with no prior personal or family history of cardiovascular disease, I experienced two heart attacks. I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack, as the pain was in my left arm, my chest discomfort was similar to indigestion and my muscle pain was a stiff neck and shoulder. My 18 year old son suggested taking an aspirin, which I did and the pain subsided - though the pressure in my chest remained.

I waited two days before seeking medical attention and was then rushed by ambulance to the hospital. In the hospital, my doctors discovered a total blockage of my left anterior distending artery and I suffered a second large attack while on the operating table and received three stents. I have been placed on an aspirin regimen of 325mg, in accompaniment to my other medications."
Doc Talk
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