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The Heart Attack She Thought She'd Never Have

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014

Could you be the one in three women who have heart disease?

My name is Eve Zavodnick and I live in Central Bucks County.

No one plans to have a heart attack, but on October 17, 2010 I had a massive one at age 52. I did have a serious family history of heart disease but I, as the youngest, wasn't on any blood pressure or cholesterol medications as of yet.

I call myself the "Heart Attack Don't" because I did everything wrong relating to my heart attack. First of all, in the weeks prior, I was having symptoms that I was ignoring, including severe headaches based in the back of my neck. I even went to a drug store and used a blood pressure machine there. When the machine registered 158 over 110, I believed that the machine had to be broken.

Secondly, when the heart attack occurred, I ignored it. I thought I had pulled my back out, the pain I felt was below my shoulder blade. I spent the night without waking my husband or calling 911. I didn't even do anything about it the next morning. After all, it must not really have been a heart attack because other than my energy level being zapped to nothing, I was fine, right? Wrong. I lost 65% of my heart muscle and almost had to have a heart transplant.

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Dizziness
  • Indigestion
  • Palpitations
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Chest Tightness
  • Pain in Neck
  • Pain in Arms
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Cold Sweat
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Arm Weakness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Light-Headedness
  • Fainting

Today one in three women will experience heart disease and many of these cases are preventable. WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women Living With Heart Disease, promotes our mission to provide emotional support for women in group meetings held in hospitals and other settings all over the country. Our volunteers are all heart survivors and we believe in education and outreach to help prevent as many incidents of heart disease as we can.

For more information, please check out the WomenHeart website.

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If you or a loved one experiences these symptoms, it's important to seek medical attention immediately. Call 9-1-1. Never drive yourself to the emergency room.

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