I Died...I am a 57 year old woman. I am healthy and had no prior heart disease or never even thought about it. Looking back at the day I realized that I did have symptoms. But I had no idea. My symtpoms were so subtle that I would have never associated it with anything, let alone a heart attack. I sweated a little so I drank coconut water, slight pain in my shoulder and down my arm but I thought I needed a good massage and must have overworked it when I did my yoga in the morning, a little jaw pain but it too passed quickly..everything that happens in a womans heart attack are all symptoms that are not enough to make me think anything was happening. Unlike Men who have dramatic symptoms.
I went to meet a friend for dinner. I remember driving half way to the restaurant and my memory stops. Nobody has really offered me a good explanation for how I drove and functioned with absoluetly no memory. The rest of my story is what Ive been told as my memory has not returned.
10 minutes later I started sweating..My friend asked me if I was flashing...:;) then she randomly asked me if I was having a heart attack ( she is a very good friend and knew I have never had heart problems). I grabbed my heart and collapsed. I was unconscious; I vomited (aspirating into my lungs). By the time EMTs got there I was dead. The gave me CPR,( cracked 4 ribs),gave me shock 3 times but my heart wouldnt stay beating. The hospital was waiting for me and preformed a quick angyoplasy and put in a stent. They then put me in a medically induced coma. They told my family to prepare themselves; I may not come out of coma and if I do nobody knew what condition my organs, mind and body would be in. My memory is still unclear and I dont remember much of anything for the weeks that followed. I have been in and out of the hospital. Have had 3 heart caths. My stent closed up quickly and 2 heart caths later they put in another stent in the same place.
I have been deeply depressed.I have now been diagnosed with Anoxic brain injury as my brain was deprived of oxygen. Im having trouble remembering anything. I have lost my tastebuds (anyone else?) I have nobody to talk to that understands what Im going thru. When I go to cardiac rehab or to my cardiologist; everyone looks at me like I should be picking up my elderly parents. Its hard to walk in and everyone is old, on oxygen and using canes or walkers. All this is just to much to process.
To be honest, I am afraid that at anytime I might just drop dead again. Its a very scary feeling and dont know how to deal with this overwhelming fear/ Anyone else survive dying?