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    Posted February 13, 2010 by
    Cecilia, Louisiana
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    Life after a heart attack

    Survived A Heart Attack at 43 years old!


    I am a 43 year old woman who survived a major heart attack 4 months ago.  Never did I imagine that I would have a heart attack at age 43.  I ignored all of the risk factors and was pretty much in denial all along-until now, even though my father had a heart attack at age 58 and my brother also had a heart attack at age 45.  I would like to share my story to encourage all people across America to please not ignore risk factors or warning signs.  Another mistake I made was waiting too long before going in to the ER.  I was concerned that I would be going in for nothing as I had been told that a previous, similar incident that I had 6 months earlier was  due to stress.  When I began experiencing major chest pains, shortness of breath, and severe sweating is when I decided to go to the hospital-45 minutes after the onset of the first signs.  It was discovered that my heart attack was occuring in the LAD, or what is called the widowmaker(called this for the low survival rate).  I was immediately stented in the cath lab, however, the damage was done.  I now have major damage to my heart.  If only I had known how to recognize the early signs and was aware of the severity of problems that I were to face now, I would have surely gone to the hospital much sooner than I did.  I would love to share my story and encourage all people to educate themselves on the risk factors of heart disease, as well as signs and symptoms of a heart attack before it is too late.

    I have learned to embrace my situation and make the best of it.  Obviously, God knows that my work on earth is not done yet.  I have much more to do.  One of my goals is to help my body become much healthier now, even through this damage, than it was before and I will successfull do just that.

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