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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Initially, they told me that they didn't think I was having a heart attack: I was the wrong age (40), wrong gender (female), with no family history and no risk factors. It turns out that I'd experienced a rare thing called a spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD). I did 12 weeks of cardiac rehab, and 19 months after my heart attack I completed my first triathlon, the Chapel Hill Ramblin' Rose, on Oct. 9th, 2010. I think I survived because I recognized my symptoms, insisted on getting to an ER, and the ER treated me as if I were having a heart attack, even though the initial tests were negative. Since then, I've made it my mission to get the word out to other women about heart disease, our #1 killer. And I take Plavix and aspirin regularly."
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