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Betsy A. - WomenHeart Champion

After having just undergone a complete physical, at the age of 42 and with no prior personal or family history of Cardiovascular Disease, I experienced two heart attacks. I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack, as the pain was in my left arm (not my right), my chest discomfort was similar to indigestion and my muscle pain was a stiff neck and shoulder. My 18 year old son suggested taking an aspirin, which I did and the pain subsided, though the pressure in my chest remained. I waited two days before seeking medical attention and was then rushed by ambulance to the hospital. In the hospital, my doctors discovered a total blockage of my Left Anterior Distending Artery and I suffered a second large attack while on the operating table and received three stents. I have been placed on an aspirin regimen of 325mg. in accompaniment to my other medications.

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Betsy A. - WomenHeart Champion

“I was unaware that the initial symptoms I was experiencing were a heart attack.”

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