The other morning I was getting ready for work and all of the sudden I felt bad. No warning. I felt like throwing up and my chest hurt. My first thought was heart attack. I always heard it was like an elephant sitting on your chest. That wasn’t exactly what I was feeling but it felt like it required my attention.
I called my daughters in and told them. All of us were undecided if we should call 911, take me to a doctor or see if it would pass. I hate going to doctors and I was for waiting. Both of my daughters said call 911. None of us knew CPR.
It was always my motto that if I had a heart attack it would never occur when I was playing charades.
We called 911. They were there in 7 minutes and saved my life. It was a heart attack. I was healthy, I didn’t smoke. I wasn’t overweight. I had no previous signs.
Here are what to look for if you think you are having a heart attack: (especially for women)
1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Here are pre-determinants: High Blood pressure, High cholesterol, Obesity, Smoking, Diabetes, Never exercising, Stress, Family history (that was my only one).
Now my life had just dramatically changed for the third time (divorce being the second, marriage & having kids being the first).
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