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Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
& My Father's Health

For many years my father’s health was always a concern. In his early 20’s he was put on high blood pressure medication and in his 40’s he collapsed at work, my mother was sure she was going be left a young widow. In his 50’s he suffered a stroke. He pulled through but was never quite the same. At 69 he got a massive heart attack and died.

We were lucky to have him for as long as we did. He was a man who always ate what he wanted--he was a devil for lashings of butter on everything. Hunks of cheese was the norm every morning inside buttered bread. Every day of the week he enjoyed meat, dessert, and crackers and cocoa at night before bed.

Living with Heart Disease

After the stroke he started to take better care of himself. He ate more fruit, took his meds on time, and walked more, but the major damage was already done. He had blockages in his neck and legs. After some time it was too painful for him to walk, he was always cold. He had stints put in, was taking blood thinners but these were only quick fixes. So after years of weekly trips to the hospital to check his blood, the time came when the doctors told him there was nothing more they could do. He was a walking time bomb.

He got a cold in late October, and didn’t want a flu shot. He had a weak chest even though he never smoked. The cold turned into pneumonia and that in turn caused his heart to fail and die. The funeral director at home was a friend of mine and told me he had the worst time trying to embalm my father because he was blocked everywhere. We had never heard of CAD at the time, and at least now we know what it is and the best ways to avoid it.

It was a long and costly lesson, but we his children are very much aware of how we need to watch our diet, exercise and take medication when needed. We have the knowledge of healthy living and tools at our fingertips daily, thank goodness!!

-Sash Nagle
Owner, Irish Help At Home

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