Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About MyHeartDiseaseTeam

Member Spotlight: A Heart Attack and a Reality Check

Posted on May 12, 2019

It felt like a huge truck was crushing my chest. It happened early in the morning. I had trouble breathing. I felt myself passing out. My boyfriend was there and quickly gave me two regular Bayer aspirins. The ambulance was there in two minutes.

The doctor said my LAD [left anterior descending] artery (known as "widow-maker") was blocked. They put two stents in. I woke up during the procedure and could feel it in my heart. They put me asleep again and I awoke to the sound of my boyfriend's voice. The [catheterization] unit nurses had let him put pressure on my leg to prevent bleeding. The doctor said the aspirins helped save my life.

I wish I had known that my artery was blocked prior to my heart attack. I knew I had been feeling short of breath. I didn't think about it being heart related. I should have known better. My mom is a retired cardiac care nurse.

Having heart disease means realizing just how precious life really is. God has given me, as well as others, a second chance at living. I had my heart attack in 2015. Since then I've learned to make better choices, especially with my diet. I don't eat as many fried foods as before. I try to eat clean and healthy. I don't go outside in the extreme heat during the summer months. If I feel tired, I rest. I have a KardiaMobile monitor that I use every day to check my heart.

I have noticed with heart disease I experience fatigue a little more frequently. Also, I can't seem to handle very warm temperatures as before. I believe it is extremely important that we encourage people to eat healthy and take care of themselves.

Maybe someday heart disease will be a thing of the past. For everyone that has it, I will say that you are not alone. I'm with you. That's what I love about MyHeartDiseaseTeam. It gives us a platform for communication. God bless you all.

This article was written by MyHeartDiseaseTeam member Donna Kinney as part of a Member Spotlight Series. Donna is a former dental office owner who loves animals, especially corgis.

Do you want to be a part of the MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member Spotlight Series?
Let us know here: support@MyHeartDiseaseTeam.com

A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member said:

Look after yourself - your health is important. Take Good Care

posted about 2 months ago

hug

Recent articles

Bsp af 5
Thousands of members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam connect with one another and read each other's stories...

Four Books About Heart Disease You Should Read

Thousands of members of MyHeartDiseaseTeam connect with one another and read each other's stories...
Heart disease  emergency treatment  and the stress of health care delays due to covid 19
Article written by Christine SprungerIt is vital to seek urgent care for new or worsening heart...

Heart Disease, Emergency Treatment, and the Stress of Health Care Delays Due to COVID-19

Article written by Christine SprungerIt is vital to seek urgent care for new or worsening heart...
Mht covid19 essentialupdates carousel
During the COVID-19 pandemic, MyHeartDiseaseTeam will provide summaries and links to articles of...

COVID-19 and Heart Disease Essential Updates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, MyHeartDiseaseTeam will provide summaries and links to articles of...
Mht myheartdiseaseteam covid19 carousel
Article written by Christine SprungerThe past several weeks have been unprecedented in our...

COVID-19 and Heart Disease: Are You At a Greater Risk?

Article written by Christine SprungerThe past several weeks have been unprecedented in our...
Coronavirus
Article written by Kelly Crumrin According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With Heart Disease

Article written by Kelly Crumrin According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
Mht ad types thumb
Article written byKelly CrumrinHeart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, can affect any...

Types of Heart Disease

Article written byKelly CrumrinHeart disease, also called cardiovascular disease, can affect any...
Mht ad treatments thumb %281%29
Article written byKelly CrumrinLifestyle changes, medications, and surgical procedures and...

Treatments for Heart Disease

Article written byKelly CrumrinLifestyle changes, medications, and surgical procedures and...
Mht ad overview thumb
Article written byKelly CrumrinHeart disease encompasses a large number of conditions that affect...

Heart Disease – An Overview

Article written byKelly CrumrinHeart disease encompasses a large number of conditions that affect...
Mht ad cause thumb
Article written byKelly CrumrinHeart disease develops when tissues of the cardiovascular system...

What Causes Heart Disease?

Article written byKelly CrumrinHeart disease develops when tissues of the cardiovascular system...
Mht ad symptoms thumb
Article written byKelly CrumrinSymptoms of heart disease vary in each individual, by the type of...

Symptoms of Heart Disease

Article written byKelly CrumrinSymptoms of heart disease vary in each individual, by the type of...
MyHeartDiseaseTeam My heart disease Team

Two Ways to Get Started with MyHeartDiseaseTeam

Become a Member

Connect with others who are living with heart disease. Get members only access to emotional support, advice, treatment insights, and more.

sign up

Become a Subscriber

Get the latest articles about heart disease sent to your inbox.

Not now, thanks

Privacy policy
MyHeartDiseaseTeam My heart disease Team

Thank you for signing up.

close