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Heart Attack, April 1, 2012

An arteriogram revealed I suffered a Takotsabo Cardiomyopathy, a type of heart attack caused by excessive adrenaline, (usually) the result of stress. It can happen with a complete absence of blockage, which was the case with me. Background: Three or four times a month I play my ukulele and sing at church and a nursing home. It's something I have been doing for years, I enjoy doing and I am totally at ease doing. On Sunday evening I was to sing at church. Because the piano usually drowns out the congregation singing I determined ahead of time that I would just strum my uke and have the congregation sing "Victory In Jesus." I sang a couple lines to get everyone started together and then stopped singing but kept playing. I was amazed and excited at hearing so many voices from all over the congregation. I must have had an adrenaline rush. I developed sharp chest and left arm pains. I could hardly hold my uke but I kept going. Then I sang "I'm Learning to Lean on Jesus," all the while praying "Lord, I'm leaning on You." Then I sat down and listened to the sermon (on wisdom) before going to the hospital. There was no blockage but some damage to the heart. The damage caused by a Takotsabo Cardiomyopathy usually heals, often in as little as two months. Thank You, Jesus.

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  • Uploaded on April 9, 2012
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Geezer Vz
    • Camera: HP pst2570
    • Taken on 2009/08/14 15:20:13