All Along it was a Heart Attack – Mary’s Story – MN Go Red 2016-17

All Along it was a Heart Attack – Mary’s Story – MN Go Red 2016-17

August 29, 2019 0 By Bertrand Dibbert


– I am Mary Wongarin, and
I’m a heart disease survivor. (soft music) My first heart attack took
five months to diagnose. I was told that it
basically wasn’t my heart, and that probably it was a
pinched nerve in my neck. It wasn’t until about 5
a.m. on Monday morning, another cardiologist had the
opportunity of looking at some of my tests from previous months. And they found a shadow
on my cardiac CAT scan. A doctor stepped back from
the table and he said, “my dear you’ve been
having a heart attack.” So this whole time I was
having a heart attack and I hate to say it but even
myself didn’t take all these different symptoms as a true warning of actually my heart attack. I was relieved. (laughs) I felt like I didn’t need my head examined because after a while, every time you go into the emergency room and
you try to retell the story and you keep telling
them about the symptoms and they say, “no no it’s
not a cardiac event.” Every time you go through
this, you start thinking that maybe you’re just cracking up. We need to listen to our
bodies but we also need to advocate for ourselves. You have to tell them what is going on. I guess I always thought when you went into an emergency room and
you’ve been there before and they pulled up your
chart and they read what was going on, and
they don’t necessarily have time to do that. I Go Red because women have
different symptoms than men.