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Pravachol (Pravastatin)

Many of us deny the very existence of a heart problem. We do that either directly or indirectly. Some people refuse to admit that their arteries are clogged even when shown their own angiograms. One man said that he would probably get a different opinion if he showed the pictures to other physicians; he turned down the opportunity to do so, however.
Other patients, rather like whistling in a cemetery, say there never was a heart attack in the first place. Those symptoms must have been something else, since they feel perfectly fine later on. Of course, the longer the time lag after the heart attack or surgery, the more likely that kind of denial will make sense to the patient, as recovery takes place naturally.
Can you imagine denying the problem in other situations or diseases? Picture a man being bitten by a rattlesnake saying, “Oh, it probably was just a little garter snake. I really don’t need treatment.” Or the woman who has accidentally swallowed poison saying, “Come on now, that was just soda pop. Why should I take an antidote?”
Those who deny they have heart disease are unlikely to adopt the long-term strategies that will enable them to remain well. I suppose I was one of those deniers, but of a different stripe. I was fully aware that 1 had heart disease, and never denied the fact. But I denied that I had to do anything about it. Yet as much as I denied the reality in terms of preventive behaviour, 1 remained virtually paralysed, fearing the next heart attack.
It’s time to accept and overcome!
“Ah,” it’s been said so often, “if I only had known then what I know today.” Things, perhaps, would have been different. Maybe I wouldn’t have needed that second bypass. But that’s water under the bridge. There’s no point in dwelling on what might have been. All of us have to learn to let go of the past and go on to the future. That’s never been more true than in the case of heart disease.
Without having to be a mind reader, I can tell you that right now you’d like to somehow turn the clock back, to the time before the heart attack or before the bypass. You’d like to live the way you lived before heart disease entered your life. Right? Of course that’s right, because virtually everyone has those same thoughts.
But let me ask you this: was life really that terrific before heart disease? Were you living every day to its fullest, thinking about the present moment? Or were you really living without thinking much about it at all, always saying that you’d get around to this or that tomorrow or next year? You need to forget about that way of thinking and focus on the present. Live for today.

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