My heart story is one that I didn’t see that coming. And neither did my doctor. The story of so many women who suffer and even die from heart disease is what also plagued me. Not thinking that it can happen to you.
I went from healthy to sick in a heartbeat. I ate right…(most of the time) had an active lifestyle, was young and had never been seriously ill before. But a few short years ago, I found myself in a coma with heart failure. I had signs and symptoms of the disease for weeks including fatigue, shortness of breath and palpitations. I knew that something was wrong but simply couldn’t figure it out. I complained to my doctor about my symptoms and about a tingling sensation in my arm and hand that seemed like it wouldn’t go away. He simply ignored it. When my complaining got to be too much I asked him to send me for x-rays and to a specialist. But, at the time I was pregnant. This meant that I was unable to get an x-ray so I was sent home to deal with it.
I was dealing with the harsh realities of heart disease. Although it is the number one killer of women people often think of it as a man’s disease. As a previously healthy woman, I nor my doctor were looking for the signs and symptoms of heart disease. Moreover, I didn’t think that I fit into the category for the disease.
You know the categories that we sometimes classify as “them”…being older, suffering from poor health or poor habits, being male. It is true that older women die faster from heart disease but all women should be concerned about the silent killer. American women of all ages are 4 to 6 times more likely to die of heart disease than of breast cancer. It is the number one killer of women.
In my case, I developed Peripartum Cardiomyopathy during pregnancy which essentially is congestive heart failure that causes my weakened heart to not pump sufficiently for the needs of my body.
This condition was not caused by my eating, lifestyle or exercise habits. In fact, doctors don’t know why some women get it and others do not. By the grace of God, I survived my ordeal and continue to be on the path to recovery. Understand that disease such as heart disease does not discriminate. Please understand what some of the signs and symptoms of heart disease are. Getting regular check-ups and finding the right medical caregivers that will partner with you on your health is key. Tweet me about your heart health story @AngelaBLogan.
Facts about heart disease
- #1 Killer of Men and Women
- 1 in 3 Women Die of Heart Disease
Here are some of the Risk Factor for Heart Disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight and obesity
- Poor diet
- Physical inactivity
- Alcohol use
What are some things that you can do to reduce the risk of heart disease?
- Be more active
- Avoid Smoking
- Good Nutrition
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