Wow, almost 9 years have passed since my 2 Open Heart Surgeries. Over the past year I have not always felt well. For the first time in a long time I called my cardiologist and said "I just don't feel well, and I need tests run to be sure I am ok". I had an Exhocardiogram, wore a heart monitor, and had chest X-rays. All came back fine thankfully, a huge relief. I struggle more than I used to with keeping my INR in the desired range, and that impacts how I feel. It's frustrating, as I want to live as if all of this never happened, but that's just not my life. And it's ok. I have an amazing Tribe of people that I am connected to through the AHA who have become friends and a support system. The AHA is also truly part of my heart.
In 2013 my life was saved. I should have known I was at risk for heart disease since my father died of a heart attack at 28 years old, but I assumed since I was a woman I would be ok, that women didn't have the issues with heart disease that men do. I didn't know the symptoms of heart disease in women, and I didn't recognize I was about to have a heart attack until it was almost to late. By the time I was made it to Brigham and Womens in Boston my coronary arteries were 80% and 95% blocked, my symptoms had been brushed off as Stress and Anxiety until I met the Dr who saved my life, Dr Michael Davidson. Double by-pass first open heart surgery, mechanical aortic valve second...today I am heathy and strong, a volunteer, an advocate, and a Spokeswoman for Go Red for Women able to share my experience to help others. Learn the symptoms of heart disease in women, trust your gut, use your voice, don't stop until you are heard