Women and heart attacks (Myocardial
infarction). 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 heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO
prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have 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 PM.

After it 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 spasms), 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 a 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
un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and 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 radiologist 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 his partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed two side by side stints 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 all
ready 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 stints.

1. Beaware that something very different is happening in your body not the
usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable 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.’ And if you can, take an aspirin.
Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER-
you are a hazard to others on the road.
Do NOT have 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 a cholesterol elevated
reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high
and/or accompanied by high blood pressure).
MIs 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.


About thelifestylechanger

Glenda De Luca has spent over 25 years in the Beauty Industry, and has transitioned from the temporary beauty fix to permanent health and well-being, helping others transform their outer beauty based on nutrition and movement. She has also spent two years doing extensive research on the effects of pH levels in the body, and its profound impact on your health and well being. THE LIFESTYLE CHANGER Orange County, CA, USA 949.215.5701 Office 408.398.8043 Cell E-mail: thelifestylechanger@live.com Glenda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Para Psychic Sciences as well as a Level 2 Reiki Certification and is currently studying for her Masters in Holistic Nutrition. She lives a healthy lifestyle where she incorporates what she loves to eat based on a pH balanced diet, food combining, and customized supplementation based on her own personal DNA. She also incorporates movement into her Lifestyle to achieve the perfect weight and health. She is passionate about helping others achieve their Health and Wellness "Desired Results" in a manner that is fun, easy and sustainable.
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