Friday, March 5, 2010

A Cautionary Tale That Could Save Your Life (or the Life of Someone You Love)

I feel compelled to share some information with all my readers. First let me provide a bit of background. March 3rd was my mother's birthday. She would have been 67 years old. She was a vibrant, active, Christian woman who went to be with the Lord last year less than a month after her 66th birthday. She got up one morning and was getting dressed to come pick me up to do our weekly shopping. She told her husband that she was really tired and didn't feel good and was having trouble breathing. She said she was going to lay down for a few minutes while he showered. By the time he got out of the shower, she was gone. I cannot overstate the shock and devastation this caused for our family.

It was determined that she had a heart attack. She didn't have heart disease or high blood pressure or anything like that. She was, like many of us, overweight and under stress. Like most women, she had no idea that the symptoms she was experiencing were classic symptoms of a heart attack, for a woman. Symptoms like fatigue, shortness of breath, indigestion and back pain are so easy to overlook or dismiss and this is the very reason so many women don't survive a heart attack. Everyone knows that severe chest pressure and pains down the arm are warning signs, but most people don't know that that women frequently don't experience either of those.

There are many locations online with information about how to prevent or detect heart attacks in women. One popular site is http://www.goredforwomen.org/. Please take a moment to check into this further. Being informed could save your life or the life of someone you love.

5 comments:

SpitFire said...

Very true. It's both amazing how much she packed into her life, and saddening how much was left to do still.

This is yet another reason why we should take time to reduce stress in our lives, and take better care of ourselves. Unfortunately in the church, there's been a trend for the women to care for everyone in the family, but them. That's not a Biblical principal. We are to put others first, but not at the exclusion of our health. We are in fact commanded to care for our bodies, for they are a temple. Good post Mom.

Sharon said...

I'm sorry about the loss of your mother.
I'm thankful you took the time to share about this issue and the website. Just this week I had two episodes of shortness of breath associated with sharp pains in my chest that startled me. While I contributed to indigestion, I'm now going to follow-up with my doctor and carefully watch our diet.

joyceandnorm said...

Thanks for sharing the link. This is something that we all need to think about. And many times, thin people get heart attacks because they think they can eat all they want without becoming overweight, but in fact, they haven't thought about what the fat is doing inside their body.

One More Equals Four said...

Very good info, thanks!

bashtree said...

Thanks for sharing. So sorry for your loss.