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the heart must go on .............

Remember that song...my heart is beating/ keeps on repeating/I'm waiting for you......

The truth is that like time and tide the beating of a heart waits for none..... and the heart beats for us alone....there is no romance but sheer mechanics that keeps the heart going on mysteriously and miraculously every moment without forgetting, without lazing....
This, my friends, is an email forward which came to me a couple of days from a friend. I found it so relevant that I decided to post it for all of you here.
FEMALE HEART ATTACKS --

THIS IS CRUCIAL, LIFE-SAVING INFORMATION FOR EVERY WOMAN.
If you've read this before, please be sure to pass on to your wives/female friends. If not, please take a minute. If could save your life or someone else's.
She said she didn't feel well and had a back ache and was going to lay down on the bed with the heating pad. A while later her husband went to check on her and she was not breathing. They were not able to revive her. This is something we women should definitely take seriously. Please pass this on to those you love.I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read .........Women and heart attacks(Myocardial infarction).
Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack...you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies? Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.I had a completely unexpected heart attack at about 10:30 pm with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might've brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.' A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion , when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p.m. After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about wh at was happening--we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, 'Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!' I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself 'If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else......but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in moment'I pulled myself up in the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told the lady who answered that I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts.... She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.I then lay down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something lie 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to hold open my right coronary artery.I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand:

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms, but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act ). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one, and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation, and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up....which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!



2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics' ( 911 )! Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER--you're a hazard to others on the road, and so is your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do,principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP.Your Dr. will be notified later.


3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high, and/or accompanied by high blood pressure.) MI's are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.
Let's be careful and be aware
The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
image courtesy: flickr, cartoonstock and pioneer

Comments

Michelle said…
Wow, great information... thank you!
NAVAL LANGA said…
Ms. Jyotsana

You write that :It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one..

There can be no more useful information than this one. Thanks for sharing the same.

Naval Langa
SHORT STORIES by NAVAL LANGA
Jackie said…
You could save a life with this one! Great info - thanks!
Pradip Biswas said…
I was not knowing that heart attack symptoms are different for women. Thanks for the information.
Pinku said…
thanks...that was a very useful piece of info....will circulate this link amongst friends if you dont mind...would be mighty helpful am sure...
Sayani said…
That was so very informative ...i really did nt know the symptoms are different .

But sadly enough the lady had "paramedics" help ...In India where is so immediate help ? leaving aside the metros....
its time for Indians to develop emergency paramedics set up ....

btw sorry for that pic mess i tried to experiment ...and that seem to not work out :)
so just putting up this one

take care .

regards
sayani
sidhubaba said…
This is indeed significant. But I agree with Sayani, in India help is a bit of a stretch.
Very informative,
Vivek
luckysanjana said…
thanks for the information , just lost my mother in law to similar symptoms, the indigestion was there and she had the classio pain in the left arm as well she even managed to get to the doctor herself and he didnt diagnose her correctly..........and two days later she had the second attack probably..............its always good to know..............
Smita Tewari said…
Where's your heart these days?
Not throbbing to write, anymore?
manpret kapor said…
Those must know before list is really helpful...thanks for having it posted.

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