Each woman's heart attack is different. But our reactions to them are similar. Here are some thoughts and feelings you might experience:
Denial and Minimization.
It didn't happen. It couldn't have happened. It wasn't that serious. Only minimal damage. I'll be back in no time.
Anger and Resentment.
Why me? What did I ever do to deserve this? How come all those other women don't have heart attacks? Why are my doctors such jerks?
I should have stopped smoking years ago. I never should have let myself get so overweight. All those cheeseburgers and fries - I should have controlled my eating.
My healthy years are over. I should prepare myself for an early death. It's God's will. What's the point? Everyone's telling me what to do.
Anxiety and Worry.
What was that pain I just felt? What does it mean? Who will raise my children or take care of my husband if I die? I dreamed about my heart attack again last night. I can't bear to drive by that hospital. I just can't go out and face the world.
I've got heart disease. I can learn to overcome it. I need to make changes in the foods I eat. Getting healthy is my responsibility. I need new healthy friends. I need to get regular exercise. How did I end up like this? I can beat this. I need help.