Women and heart attacks......

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  1. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

    Fort Worth, Tex
    A friend of mine emailed this to me this morning and I thought I would share this with everyone here. It has some good info.

    > Women and heart attacks (Myocardial
    > Infarction).
    > I was aware that female heart attacks are
    > different, but this is the Best description I've
    > ever read.
    > Did you know that women rarely have the same
    > dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing
    > heart attack...you know, the sudden stabbing pain in
    > the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest and
    > dropping to the floor that we see in the movies.
    > Here is the story of one woman's experience with a
    > heart attack.
    > I had a completely unexpected heart attack at
    > about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion. NO prior
    > emotional trauma that one would suspect might've
    > brought it on. I was sitting all snugly and warm on
    > a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap,
    > reading an interesting story my friend had sent me,
    > and actually thinking, A-A-h, this is the life, all
    > cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my
    > feet propped up. A moment later, I felt that awful
    > sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a
    > hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it
    > down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite
    > seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball
    > going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is
    > most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have
    > gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more
    > thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to
    > hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my
    > initial sensation---the only trouble was that I
    > hadn't taken a bite of anything since
    > about 5:00 p.m.
    > After that had seemed to subside, the next
    > sensation was like little squeezing motions that
    > seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight: it was
    > probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they
    > continued racing up and under my sternum (breast
    > bone, where one presses rhythmically when
    > administering CPR). This fascinating process
    > continued on into my throat and branched out into
    > both jaws.
    > AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was
    > happening. We all have read and/or heard about pain
    > in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI
    > happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and
    > the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart
    > attack!" I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat
    > from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the
    > floor instead. I thought to myself, "If this is a
    > heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next
    > room where the phone is or anywhere else.......but,
    > on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that
    > I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be
    > able to get up in moment."
    > I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair,
    > walked slowly into the next room and dialed the
    > Paramedics. I told her I thought I was having a
    > heart attack due to the pressure building under the
    > sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel
    > hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She
    > said she was sending the Paramedics over
    > immediately, asked if the front door was near to me,
    > and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on
    > the floor where they could see me when they came in.
    > I then laid down on the floor as instructed and
    > lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics
    > coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a
    > gurney, or getting me into their ambulance, or
    > hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the
    > way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and
    > saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his
    > surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my
    > stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over
    > me asking questions (probably something like "Have
    > you taken any medications?") but I couldn't make my
    > mind interpret what he was saying, or form an
    > answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until
    > the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded
    > the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery
    > into the aorta and into my heart where they
    > installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my
    > right coronary artery..
    > I know it sounds like all my thinking and
    > actions at home must have taken at least 20-30
    > minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually
    > it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and
    > both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes
    > away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already
    > to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on
    > restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere
    > between my arrival and the procedure) and installing
    > the stents.
    > Why have I written all of this to you with so
    > much detail? Because I want all of you who are so
    > important in my life to know what I learned first
    > hand.
    > 1. Be aware that something very different is
    > happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms,
    > but explicable things happening (until my sternum
    > and jaws got into the act). It is said that many
    > more women than men die of their first (and last) MI
    > because they didn't know they were having one, and
    > commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox
    > or other anti-heartburn preparation, and go to bed,
    > hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they
    > wake up.....which doesn't happen. My female friends,
    > your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I
    > advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is
    > unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before.
    > It is better to have a "false alarm" visitation than
    > to risk your life guessing what it might be!
    > 2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics."
    > Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER--you're a
    > hazard to others on the road, and so is your
    > panicked husband who will be speeding and looking
    > anxiously at what's happening with you instead of
    > the road. Do NOT call your doctor, he doesn't know
    > where you live and if it's at night you won't reach
    > him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or
    > answering service) will tell you to call the
    > Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his
    > car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do.
    > Principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr.
    > will be notified later.
    > 3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack
    > because you have a normal cholesterol count.
    > Research has discovered that cholesterol elevated
    > reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's
    > unbelievably high, and/or accompanied by high blood
    > pressure). MI's are usually caused by long-term
    > stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all
    > sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge
    > things up in there.
    > Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.
    > Let's be careful and be aware.
    > The more we know, the better chance we could
    > survive.
    > A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this
    > mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that
    > we'll save at least one life.
    > **Please be a true friend and send this article to
    > all your friends You care about**
  2. smokey

    smokey New Member

    My wife had two or three heart attacks befor she knew that she had one.By the time she went to the doctor she was too weak for the bypasses she needed.after 6 weeks she had 4 bypasses, and is doing well now. If it aint right get it checked!! thankx for the post reps a commin. smokey

  3. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

    Fort Worth, Tex
    Joe, glad to hear she is doing well, will still say prayers for her.
  4. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

    Fort Worth, Tex
    I hope men and women read this, It's is very important and could maybe even save your ladies life.