On December 10, 2011, I had my first heart episode lasting 45 minutes at the age of 26. After blood work, EKGs and six hours of waiting in an emergency room, it was ruled a heart attack and I was airlifted to the Cardiac Care Unit of Washington Hospital Center where I remained for 3 days of extensive testing before being transferred to a regular hospital room for 3 more days.
The resulting tests showed a 70% blockage in my heart despite low cholesterol, active lifestyle (I was training for a half marathon when this happened!), and no indicators as to the origin of the blockage. Due to my age the doctors chose to take a medicinal route of treatment and I was sent home to recover my strength with regular cardiologist appointments in my future.
Then one month later on January 17, 2012—the day I had planned to start rehab—I had my second heart attack. Thankfully the medication I had been taking kept my heart rate from getting as out of control as it did for the first episode, so the MI itself wasn’t as painful as the first time. Nonetheless, I remained in the hospital for 4 days for more testing. The result: the blockage had worsened to nearly 90% and a stent had to be placed to keep the artery open and prevent further complications.
One year later, my cardiologist confirmed that all the damage to my heart from the two incidences had repaired itself. There is no physical evidence other than the stent
In 2018 I was able to cut down my daily medications from six to four, a HUGE win in my book. I continue to eat good food, run regularly, take spin classes like it's my job and welcome any challenge that'll have me sweating and working hard. Why? #BecauseICan
Let's make sure no one else has to go through what I have. Thank you in advance for your support!!