Feeling Weird was my sign
56 year old, female. Family history of heart disease, CONTROLLED high blood pressure, CONTROLLED high Cholesterol. thin, healthy eating habits. BUT IT CAME FOR ME!!!!!!!!!! Woke up with both arms hurting. Thought maybe I was sleeping with them both bent to long? felt like my breathing was shallow. Got up, went into kitchen and suddenly threw up in trash can. Being a nurse, I thought Cardiac!!! I grabbed 4 baby aspirin and sat on sofa. I felt better. Didn't have chest pain at all. It was Thanksgiving morning so I didn't want to go to ER. 2 days later, at beach, walking with bag, on exertion, chest pain and left arm pain. walked back to car. Short of breath. Called Ambulance. BP was high and EKG was NORMAL. over night observation and blood work ALL NORMAL! Was scheduled to follow up with a cardiologist. 2 wks to get an appt. Ended up back in ER again 6 days later with chest pain, left arm pain. EKG NORMAL, BLOOD WORK NORMAL. cardiologist consult in ER and he said I'm not even going to fool around with you. skipped stress test and took me to Cath lab. 3 BLOCKAGES! 99%, 75%, and 65%. I had 3 stents put in one caronary artery. The others did not meet protical for stent. I thought that I could kinda eat what ever I wanted because the statin, anticholesterol medicine, would take care of that right? I'm thin, I don't eat really bad, I thought. My numbers are still just at 207 for cholesterol so that's not bad right? WRONG! I have been put on lots of blood thinners, bruises everywhere. Also been put on an angina drug that I take for chest pain that I'm still having.
Why did this just appear one morning? I thought I was good. I will never eat like I did before! Meat was a part of my every meal. NO MORE! I eat about half the meat, chicken, fish as before. Lots of plant based diet now. I don't even really miss it. Even if I do everything they tell me to do, I will always think of heart disease as long as I live. There is not a certain beginning and there is not an end. You just live with it. I am way more educated about heart disease and just never really thought it would come for me.
I will do the best that I can and live each day with a little less, I'm good attitude and appreciate my heart and take good care of it.