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  • goodnuph@aol.com
    TO THOSE WHO KNOW, READ AND PASS IT ON-TO THOSE WHO DON T KNOW READ, UNDERSTAND AND PASS IT ON. ____________________________________ From: Roseecake@aol.com
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      Subj: NURSES' Heart Attack Experience

      Please read the following. It could save a life.

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      From: Kelly J <_nycinpdx@..._ (mailto:nycinpdx@...) >
      Date: Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 7:05 PM
      Subject: Fwd: Fw: NURSES' Heart Attack Experience
      To: Anthony Weir <_aedgarw@..._ (mailto:aedgarw@...) >




      I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I
      have ever heard.
      Please read, pay attention, and send it on!


      I was aware that female heart attacks are different,
      but this is the best description I've ever read..

      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
      & 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 10:30PM with NO prior exertion,
      NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on.

      I was sitting all snugly & 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

      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.
      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 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 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 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 stints.

      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 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.

      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 (male
      & female) who you care about!*


      "If the concept of God has any validity or use, it can only be to make us
      larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we
      got rid of Him."

      -- James Baldwin

      "Self-sabotage is the smartest thing you can do if you're sabotaging a
      self that is not really you."

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