I am lucky to be here.
Rosie O’Donnell‘s problem began on August 14 a few hours after helping a large women who was stuck and struggling to get out of her car. Ms. O’Donnell felt aching pain in her chest and arms and also felt nauseated, vomitted and had clammy skin. She googled online for “women’s heart attack symptoms” and found she had several of them but was initially in denial about having a heart attack and didn’t call 911.
She did take an aspirin, however. (Taking an aspirin as soon as symptoms start greatly improves the chance of survival.)
The next day Ms. O’Donnell went to see a cardiologist who did an electrocardiogram (EKG) and immediately sent her to the hospital. Further tests showed that Rosie had a 99% “widow maker” blockage in one of her coronary arteries and she was successfully treated with a stent. She lived to tell the tale on her blog.
It is the number 1 killer of women age 20 and over. In fact, cardiovascular disease kills more than 450,000 women a year, more than the next five causes of death combined, including cancer.
Research has shown that 80% of heart attacks in women are preventable if women make the right choices for their hearts, such as changing their eating habits, getting regular exercise and managing their cholesterol and blood pressure.
If you or someone you are with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don’t wait longer than five minutes before calling 9-1-1 for help.
To become heart healthy today, check out the American Heart Association‘s site Go Red for Women.