Thread: My grandpa had a heart attack
September 17th 2011, 11:57 AM #1
My grandpa had a heart attack
To be honest, hearing the news wasn't all that surprising. He's been a smoker for more than 40 years, although it's never had any noticeable effects on him, as he's always maintained an otherwise healthy lifestyle: he keeps a balanced diet and observes it carefully, goes for a long walk every day, etc. Despite being nearly 80, his personality and approach to life are impeccable: he's hard-working, patient, calm (in all my years, I've seen him lose his temper once, and it lasted for all of 30 seconds), intelligent, kind, generous. In my observation, old age and its accompanying ailments have never hampered his life to any significant extent (they've always been relatively minor and are treated easily with the medicine that he takes daily)--he tries to make the most of his life, but always with the goal to first help others. His heart is truly something.
But now, the cruel physical world has caught up with him. As I mentioned earlier, he lives a healthy lifestyle that seems to be relatively stress-free (at least, he doesn't show signs of being stressed when I see him), and I don't think there's any family history of heart disease. Given what I've read about risk factors for heart attacks, the only thing that remains is his smoking habit. And it would be bitterly disappointing if his big, wonderful heart was stopped by the one flaw in his lifestyle.
So, depressed rambling aside, I should get to the point: can anyone tell me anything about heart attacks or ways to stop smoking? I've read about this stuff, and I think I already know the basics that school health videos have shown, or are available on websites like WebMD, but any additional information would be appreciated.
Also, I hardly ever ask this, but could you guys please pray that this setback is only temporary and slight, and that hopefully reality has hit him with a jolt hard enough to convince him to finally break the habit?
September 17th 2011, 12:40 PM #2
Re: My grandpa had a heart attack
But, if he wants to quit, don't push, don't call, don't write. Ask grandpa how you can be of help. Respect boundaries and be nice to him....but don't "inflict" help. That is between him, his doctor and the nurses to discuss.PATER aeterne, offero tibi Corpus et Sanguinem, animam et divinitatem dilectissimi Filii Tui, Domini nostri, Iesu Christi, in propitiatione pro peccatis nostris et totius mundi. PRO DOLOROSA Eius passione, miserere nobis et totius mundi.
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