Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Last Night's Chest Pains - Am I Overdosing on Calcium Supplements?

I woke up in the middle of the night with chest pains and was wondering if I was about to have a heart attack.  I also had a slight shortness of breath.  The first thing that came to my mind is, did I leave any indication in my Last Will and Testament to who I will leave my freeze dried Neapolitan ice cream to?  I have boxes of the stuff I purchased from www.Nitro-pak.com in preparation for economic collapse.

Seriously, I hadn't worked out at the gym in nearly two weeks due to a mild case of bronchitis and yesterday I finally had the energy to visit twice in one day. I don't take life for granted as I did in my youth.  When you hit the age of 50 you read about all types of people who drop dead, many who appear healthy including athletes.  I remember at the law firm of Pillsbury in the early 2000's, a guy in his 40's who was overseeing and preparing for the attorney's yearly retreat had a heart attack in his bed and died.  When they found him, he had the phone off the hook and had dialed 911.  I remember him especially because he'd come into our department and let us know about the goodies left over after the law firm's banquet events.  He was really nice.

General symptoms of an impending heart attack can include:
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort. 
May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness 
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. 

You don't have to be unhealthy or overweight to have a heart attack these days.  There are numerous examples of people with unknown heart issues who just collapse or even die in their sleep at a young age.  I don't have any long term symptoms from a medical perspective of having heart problems.  My blood pressure is normal and I only have a slight high cholesterol problem being above average.  I've been taking a lot of calcium magnesium supplements however, that a recent study released just yesterday links to a 30% higher rate of heart attacks.  Could it be my new liquid calcium supplement causing the problem?

None of This Matters - A Heart Does What It Wants Anyway
I take good care of my heart because I've never really smoked and exercise regularly.  I have two glasses of red wine a day on average.  I don't eat fast or greasy foods.  I use a lot of olive oil and Smart Balance products.  All this doesn't matter because there can be any particular reason why one's heart decides it's time to stop beating having a mind of its own.

Last year I remember my heart racing in the middle of the night after I woke up from a terrifying nightmare.  It felt as though it was going to crash like a train wreck.  Then I've had some experiences of after I work out hard at the gym my heart responds by beating really strong at night when I sleep.  Usually I don't notice my heart beating at all because it's normally very quiet and unnoticeable.  In fact most of the time I can't tell if my heart's beating or not.  That's why when I work out, I really like the sensation of feeling my heart beating strongly when I sleep.

In any event, I have to make sure I've covered everything in my Last Will & Testament just in case my heart decides to check out.  Much like an earthquake, it could happen at anytime, anywhere.  I'm not going to the doctor over this, because I can't afford the expensive tests. I already got tested at my gym and everything tested fine.

The funny thing is, I'm not really afraid of dying at all.

Calcium Supplements Linked to Heart Attacks