Aug 26
Paulian1
Paulian1 , Posted on SUPPORT NETWORK Blog

Surprise You've Had a Heart Attack

So where to start. First I am a baker and own my own business so I am used to lifting big things like mixers, sheet trays, flour, sugar well you get the picture. It was Fri Dec 4 and I was at the bakery baking and started feeling "weird" yes that catch all phrase alot of women use when describing their initial symptoms. I commented to a co worker I thought maybe I was getting sick, the flu? The next day I was at a farmers market selling my goods and mentioned to another vendor that I hadn't been feeling right and that my collar bone hurt, thinking I pulled something getting set up he joked with me saying " maybe you are having a heart attack" we laughed...yeah right! Even though I must confess I was an on again off again smoker and was about 40 lbs overweight. Anyway I finished the farmers market came home and went to bed convinced I was getting the flu blowing off the shoulder pain entirely. Well here comes Sunday morning....I walked into the kitchen and thought about going to the grocery store...I even went online to look at the specials....then all of a sudden I thought I was going to be sick, I asked my husband to walk me to my bedroom to lay back down, that's when all the color drained from my face and I said I think my hand feels weird...again with the weird! My breathing was fine, my chest DID NOT HURT. My husband brought me to the ER...my EKG was A OK! but then came the blood work...yep you are having a heart attack they said...wait what are you sure??? Yep you have spilled the enzyme... I thought this is crazy I didn't have high cholesterol I was only 52 relatively active (though yeah the smoking and weight thing!) I had a cath and they only found 2 small like less than 40% blockages in the RCA and LAD. No stenting sent home with meds and follow up. I really thought that was the end of it...quit smoking , lost 25 pounds did everything asked of me. Well through a series of errors by my FIRST cardiologist including no cholesterol meds and no anti coagulant meds etc etc and continuing chest pain and breathing issues ...enter NEW ( and a woman to boot ) cardiologist ( this is now JULY . She immediately did a nuclear stress which came back with some concerns. Went in for cath 2 days later where they found RCA blocked at 90% and LAD (yeah that bad widow maker one) at 94%...what a surprise for all concerned including my new DR. So 2 stents later and being told I was very very lucky! Needless to say I do feel like I am the luckiest woman alive. This happened Aug 4 2016. I am officially scared to death.....I was close to well you know what. I am crying as I write this trying to still absorb it all. But I will move forward with cardiac rehab and my 7 meds and learn to live with gratefulness everyday!!
1 Comment
  • YukonDenis0n
    YukonDenis0n,
    Thanks for your story! Our ER health care teams are great detectives! New stent devices with medication embedded hopefully don't plug up!. I sleep longer with less chest pain in the morning. I like another survivor's reminder that our bruising from medications and hospital treatments is a reminder to celebrate that we are alive!
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