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…many things. The emotions seem endless, conflicting and overwhelming. I cried when I shared how grateful I was to start over. Like an electrical reset, my mind sharpened, my spirit came alive after years of PTSD, and suddenly the world around me lit up.

While my knee won’t allow me to jump in a field of flowers, there are many days my heart feels it. I hope that my physical heart can find healing by the rush of happy hormones.

I was lucky. In spite of waiting too long before going the ER, I not only survived but I didn’t sustain heart damage. The doctors aren’t in agreement, but two that I spoke with believe that all the years of running and exercising. Good thing, right? My knees are shot, but I am grateful for this second chance because of my healthy exercise.

What do you need to know and share with the women in your life?

Too many women die every year from heart attack and heart disease. That would be 1 out of 3 women. Die. DIE! From a completely preventable disease. That’s more than all the cancers combined. You didn’t know that did you?

Get this: (excerpted from http://powertochange.com/life/youngattack/)

  • Many doctors don’t suspect a heart attack when they see a young woman with chest pain. Figures from the National Center for Health Statistics show that in 1998, approximately 11,000 women under the age of 45 were hospitalized for heart attacks.
  • When a heart attack strikes a young woman, she is likely to suffer debilitating damage or die. In a study that looked at gender differences among heart attack victims, researchers found that heart attacks were far more likely to be deadly if the victim was female. In fact, when Dr. Viola Vaccarino and her colleagues looked only at patients under age 50, they found that twice as many women as men died in the days following a heart attack.
  • Part of the explanation for this frightening statistic is that young women with heart attacks often get either no treatment or they receive delayed care. Sometimes women, and sometimes their doctors, miss the attack because they don’t realize that the symptoms of a heart attack may vary with the patient’s gender, says Vaccarino, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Medicine. Compared to men, during a heart attack women are much more likely to experience back pain, indigestion and nausea and/or vomiting, rather than chest pain, as their symptoms, according to an earlier study by Vaccarino.
  • it’s still not uncommon for doctors at smaller institutions to miss heart attacks in younger women, says Dr. Marianne Legato, founder and director of The Partnership for Women’s Health and a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Legato recently reviewed the records for a young woman in her 20s who showed up at a hospital complaining of nausea and vomiting, as well as chest pain. The possibility that the woman might be having a heart attack never occurred to the doctors examining her. She was dead within 48 hours.

Yesterday Barbra Streisand was on the Meredith Viera show to share her commitment via the site ‘Fight the Lady Killer’. https://fighttheladykiller.org/

Join the fight. We can win this!