Nothing is more powerful than a story from the heart. Stories of survival make the facts and figures on women's heart disease come to life and echo the importance of WomenHeart messages of prevention and early detection, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment.
"I started having indigestion late one afternoon while meeting with clients. As I sat listening to the auctioneer present my clients with various alternatives to selling their home, the pain intensified. I told my client, who happened to be a doctor, about my symptom, and he explained that it may be a gall bladder issue since I had no other symptoms of a heart attack... [read more]
"Early one morning I began having pain in my chest and sweating. It felt like all my body functions were out of control. I did not think that what was happening was a heart attack, but to be on the safe side my husband and I left for the hospital... [read more]
"I didn't recognize the significance of my family history as a risk factor for heart disease. I was healthy, fit. And after feeling faint during my daily workouts I underwent a stress test, and was told I was fine... [read more]
"I was four days post-partum when I experienced a nagging pain in my left arm, shoulder, neck and breast. I took a hot shower to relax my muscles as I attributed the pain to childbirth. The next day that pain came back with vengeance and I experienced the full gamut of symptoms... [read more]