Mar 15
ngcantrell
ngcantrell , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

It is said that God watches over children and fools, I can testify to that.

 I was in the emergency room Monday Feb 13 2017 with a suspected heart attack (I kept saying it was stress). I stayed overnight, had a bunch of blood work and a Stress Echo and an Echo Doppler and it was determine I did not have a heart attack and I was sent home. Saturday I felt some of the same symptoms again, but didn’t worry too much about it because, I was just in the ER/hospital and I was fine (stress).

Tuesday morning Feb 21 2017 all the symptoms came back with a vengeance (pain starting in the left elbow, traveling up to my shoulder and chest, across my neck into my jaw and down to the right elbow). I kept telling myself I was NOT having a heart attack while I was rolling around of the floor of my house for an hour.  I freaked out my husband and we went to the ER again (after I logged off my work computer). I told them I thought it was bad stress again. I was wrong.
 
I had a heart attack and it was only by God’s grace that I didn’t wind up dead, delaying several hours before seeking treatment. I turned 55 on Feb 18 and have no risk factors for heart attacks and the doctor say that my cath showed a two blockages 96% & 99% (so in an artery so tiny they couldn’t put in a stint, balloon, or even thread the wire through to the blockage). He said he had only seen one other person like me (a woman about my age with no risk factors) he attributed my heart attack to stress.


I have changed the way I eat, I am starting to exercise and I will not work more than 8 hours a day (I had been working 50 – 60 hours a week for over 3 years).  I am still nervous of anything that feels remotely like the discomfort I felt when I had my heart attack. I can’t tell the difference between my aches and pains and the beginnings of a heart spasm/heart attack.  I tore my left bicep tendon a few years ago and the aching I had then feels very similar to the start of my heart attack which complicates things.  I am feeling angry and scared, but I am also grateful that God gave me a wakeup call to help me reset my priorities.

Thank you for letting me share my story with you.  I think this is the only place that can truly
understand what I feel.
1 Comment
  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie,
    Thank you for honoring us with your story! I think you will find many people on the Support Network who can identify with what you experienced and are continuing to experience. I encourage you to check out the Heart forums and begin chatting with people about anxiety and anger. These are very common topics on the Support Network. Best Katie
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