You may have recently seen that I have two links on my side bar. One is from a community called WomenHeart and the other is a lovely blog from Carolyn, a heart attack survivor, called My Heart Sisters. I’ve recently been enduring issues that are very disturbingly scary. Worse than the horror fiction I write.
We like to scare ourselves with horror movies, horror stories and Halloween. The real horror is that woman are *NOT* aware of the risks to their heart health. Women are not aware that our symptoms of heart attack can be very different from those depicted in our favorite horror stories, movies and in general different from the male heart attack symptoms.
This post goes out to all the women who have survived, died and are dying out there of cardiac disease. This blog post goes out to my fellow women who need to be aware of what the risks are for us when it comes to heart attacks, heart disease and the symptoms. That indigestion that doesn’t go away even with medication – don’t ignore it. That sweaty dread filled 1 AM wake up three mornings in a row when you know you aren’t going through menopause, don’t ignore it. Don’t ignore the shortness of breath, the pressure in your chest, face or neck, don’t ignore that sudden sharp pain in between the shoulder blades or racing down the inside of either arm or the numb finger tips. Don’t ignore what your body is trying to tell you. Don’t ignore it for 9 months like I did. JUST DON’T DO IT.
Women my age are 7 times more likely to be misdiagnosed during a major cardiac event, or even… DISMISSED. Women in general are more than likely to be ignored, dismissed or misdiagnosed for a major cardiac event, even during one. Women are more likely not to show positives in testing like blood pressure, EKG or any sign of a cardiac disease despite very fatally potentially having one.
Don’t give up either, get that second opinion. Take an advocate with you if you need to, take documentation from the mayo clinic or the Heart Foundation or any information you can to discuss with your doctor or E.R. attendant. The one thing you should never do is *DON’T IGNORE IT – DON’T GIVE UP*.
Hit up My Heart Sisters, Carolyn is an extremely intelligent and prolific blogger who knows her heart savvy. Hit up WomenHeart, they are there to support you. Get Heart Savvy today, know your risks, know what you can do to reduce those risks and know what you should do if those risks are a reality.
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