At The Doctor's Office

Doctor It Up

Laughter may be the best medicine, but you still need to see the doctor sometimes. It's important to have regular checkups and take any medications you're prescribed. Find out how to get the most out of your appointments and build a productive partnership.

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Are you a heart event survivor?
"Bottom line... don't let a doctor tell you how you feel. Even if you think you might be having a heart attack, go to the ER. Better safe than sorry!"
"I was 47 years old when I had my heart attack. For about a year, I had been complaining to my doctor about pain on my left side. Without a single check for anything cardiovascular, he sent me for physical therapy! Aside from having borderline high cholesterol, I had no other risk factors. I've always been a little underweight and very active. On the day I had my heart attack I just felt a slight pain in the middle of my chest - the feeling like when you swallow something wrong. I also have GERD so I didn't think anything of it at first, but as the minutes went by I started to feel a little out breath and dizzy so I drove myself to the ER (NEVER do what I did... call an ambulance!)

From the time I entered the hospital waiting room to the cath lab, it was 40 minutes. They knew it was a heart attack but I refused to believe it until I was in that lab having stents put in my heart. About an hour after having the stents put in, I was in the Cardiac ICU and my children were there crying. Even though 5 years have passed, I can't forget the day and I never will. There is always the fear it will happen again. I take meds now which includes a Bayer aspirin regularly. Bottom line, ladies - don't let a doctor tell you how you feel. Even if you think you might be having a heart attack, go to the ER. Better safe than sorry! Remember, it isn't like you see on TV. Women have different symptoms than men and we tend to wait longer. Have your heart checked ASAP."
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