Serious Times…

I’ve had a heart attack – and I guess I want to share with you because I NEVER KNEW I was having one.

On the night of the 25th of May – I was experiencing some acid reflux symptoms.  By 3:30 in the morning I ended up having my neighbor take me to the ER.  They treated me for the acid reflux and sent me home.

The next day I was not feeling very well – and by 6:30 PM – I called one of my neighbors.  When Marilyn arrived, I told her I was very, very weak – she called for the ambulance – and they took me to the ER.  Once I got there they did an EKG – and the doctor came in and told me he felt that I had a heart attack.   They transferred me to Darthmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Cardiac Unit.

The cardiologist explained that I had a “silent heart attack” – it was spasm caused as opposed to blockage caused.  The heart catheterization showed where it damaged the heart muscle – and my doctor feels that the damage can be reversed if I take the medicine they gave me, follow the things I learn at Cardiac Rehab, and keep my stress level down.

I returned home on the 29th and am improving each day…eating much better, walking around my building, and resting at least twice a day – once in the morning and once in the afternoon…not necessarily sleeping but reading or watching tv for an hour or so…but some times napping, too.

What I want you to know is I had no symptoms!  Nothing…It seems that we women have heart attacks that are very different from men…and we need to be aware of the changes in our bodies.  Believe me, if I have another “acid reflux attack” I will be heading to the ER – I need to know that it is not another heart attack.  Also, be aware of your family history – my father and one of my maternal aunts passed away from a heart attack before reaching their 60s and my mother had a heart attack that required two stints to open some blockage.

Take care of yourselves…and I will be taking very good care of myself.  I want to be around for a lot longer – for my family and myself.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 01:15:52

    Oh Sara – that is so scary! You are right about women having different symptoms to men; a member of my quilt group had a heart attack last year, with symptoms as you described, but hers was quite serious. Thankfully, both you and she are fine now.

  2. Paul
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 02:13:23

    Glad you shared this with us, and glad you are on the mend!

  3. Carole
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 06:34:07

    I’ve always heard that women’s heart attacks are different and I’m sorry you have to be an example of that for all of us. I’m trying hard to take better care of myself these days and hopefully I haven’t started too late. I wish you good healing and peaceful days ahead.

  4. Stephanie McCane
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 06:58:56

    Oh my Sara! Glad you are fine and can do some things in your life to reverse the damage. How scary. I too have always read that it’s very different for women, I didn’t realize it could be that different. Take care of yourself!

  5. Dorothy
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 08:17:08

    Sara glad you are feeling better, you take care of yourself and thank you for sharing your story, it will help someone realize they might be having a heart attack.

  6. Janet
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 08:29:26

    I am so glad that you’re ok!

  7. tammy
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 12:47:58

    oh my goodness Sara, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had a heart attack and so relieved to hear you are doing okay and feeling better. You are so right that for women they are much different and we mustn’t take our health for granted or ignore things. Take good care and big hugs your way!!

  8. gemma
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 12:53:49

    Wow — I thought you were on vacation.Good thing you got to the ER and then back again. Glad you are on the mend.

  9. Sandy
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 15:42:46

    I’m so glad you’re feeling better! Thank you for posting your experiences. Knowledge is power!

  10. Erica
    Jun 13, 2012 @ 21:51:19

    Oh my- I’ve been busy and had no idea. So very glad to hear you’re on the mend and thank you for sharing this important information with us. Be well!

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