That's easy for your doctor to say, since he didn't have a heart attack! I'm curious as to what your diet is. Do you eat store bought crappy food with lots of additives, do you use the microwave oven (lots of free radicals are eaten thanks to microwaved foods) and eat 'low fat' foods? Do you eat at fast food places? Do you use cheap vegetable oils when you cook? Are you a vegetarian or vegan? All these things can contribute to heart attacks or worse. Then the pills they give you make you worse too. I was having a lot of other health problems until I stopped eating the Standard American Diet and stopped eating cheapo microwaved tv dinners and stuff you just bought and didn't have to cook from scratch. And, don't believe the whole cholesterol myth. It's all based on a faulty study. Best to do is to eat what your great great great grandparents ate! They made their own foods, they ate animal foods. They ate liver, kidneys, heart, tongue and (EEK!) even BRAINS! And don't believe they HYPE about 'BSE', that had to do with organophosphates they were spraying on the cows (read Animal Pharm by Mark Purdey). If you really want to save your own health (you're still young yet), I recommend reading "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. And, check out the Weston A Price foundation- they saved us a lot of grief. They know what they're talking about. And, those cholesterol meds, they're poison. But, don't ask your doc, they always deny it.
Eating right may not cure you completely, but it will definitely help. Also, check out the wapf on yahoo, there are local chapters that may be in your area (on yahoo). They also got a website as well. Good luck!
what your doctor said is absolutely correct. believe me, i also suffered a heart attack about 4 years back and now i am perfectly normal. it seems what you experienced was very serious than i suffered and from the medication we can reasonably deduce that the chances of another attack is probably nil. what you required to do is start the exercise like walking/swimming in small bits with the advice of doctor. you will certainly feel more confident with each bit of some exercise. good luck
I understand how shocking and discouraging this must be for you at your young age.
Two things must be considered here:
1. Heart attacks at 26 are extremely rare, therefore your doctors should be investigating your family history. Has this happened to anyone else in either your mother's or father's family? How are your blood fats (cholesterol and so on)? Do your blood tests indicate that your medications are doing the job?
2. Your doctors have tried to reassure you that this is not likely to happen again. If your cholesterol and other blood fats and enzyme tests are improved, those are good signs.
However, it is important to understand that your heart is a muscle, and like most other muscles, it can repair damage if it is well cared for--and exercised! Therefore, you absolutely must ask your cardiologist about a cardiac rehabilitation program. You are young and very likely have a long life ahead of you if you care properly for your body. Diet and sensible exercise will not only help your heart's health, but also your emotional health.