Young mother’s story: A heart attack almost killed me
I was relaxing and posted a picture on Instagram. Of course of my son and drinking a cup of coffee and all of a sudden, and my husband was sitting right next to me, I think we were watching something on TV, I started to have a heaviness in my chest very all of a sudden. Literally felt like, the way I describe it now, Which I didn’t describe it at the time, but it felt like there was an elephant on my chest. It didn’t go away and I kept waiting, thinking it’s gonna go away. And it it didn’t. I just didn’t feel well felt like something was really wrong. And so we rushed rushed to the hospital. They had to do an angiogram and basically there’s a, there was a tear on the left side of two of my arteries. On the left side of my heart. And so they they told me when I was in the cath lab. Before I went into surgery that I had to have a double bypass to basically open up the arteries. Which were basically blocked. They told me you had a heart attack. And it was caused by SCAD. I had never heard of SCAD. Which stands for spontaneous coronary artery dissection. I didn’t know what that was in my situation. And I think a lot of situations like this timing is everything. I mean minutes, seconds they matter. There aren’t words to express how incredibly grateful I am. The care I received from the second that I stepped foot in the E.R. until the minute I left was nothing short of remarkable. There were so many people who came in to try to explain. It’s a very complex condition, obviously very rare. I’d never heard of it and they did a great job of. Explaining to me what was going on and why they were doing this and why they were doing that. And kind of long term care when I need to think about. But all in all I’m doing extremely well. My heart function is back to normal. So doing great. I view things very differently now. It’s cliche but I I don’t, I don’t take anything for granted now. People say this all the time but I think until you’ve experienced something like this, a life threatening event. I realize now that any of us could go at any time. So I think just my emphasis on what’s important has changed. Family is obviously very important and spending time with family but it’s even more important to me now.