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AUDIO HERSTORY: Eliz Greene Shares Her Heart Disease Story

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My name is Eliz Greene from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is my heart disease story I want to share with you. Seven years ago, I was seven months pregnant with twins when I had a massive heart attack. Fortunately, I was there in the hospital on bedrest so I was able to have wonderful help right away. If had been home alone by myself, I wouldn’t be here today.

What happened to me is that because of the hormones that are naturally in the body because of pregnancy and the massive amount of blood that I was pumping for myself and the two babies, something happened to my cardiac artery. Cardiac arteries are like garden hoses, they have an inside layer and an outside layer. The inside layer of mine pulled away and so across the opening and created sort of like a trap door that stopped the flow of blood and that’s what caused my heart attack. It happened very, very quickly. I started out feeling as if I had heartburn but then it progressed very quickly into something that I knew was very, very wrong.

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