Kathy recalls if she noticed a problem was arising before her heart attack.
Yes, I did, I had, the signs that I had were that I was very, very tired for someone my age. I had felt some tightness in my chest, but I thought it was just working too hard. I didn’t pay attention to the fact that I was having trouble walking. The circulation in my legs wasn’t what it should have been.
There were little signs that I should have recognized, and when I went home I was having my heart attack that one evening when I went home and I started to feel this pressure and all at once I thought, “Oh my gosh, I am having a heart attack,” and my husband says, “Lay down and go to sleep. You will be fine. You’re just tired,” and I said, “No, get an aspirin, call 911. We’re going to the hospital now.”
And I had to convince him that I was having a heart attack; women don’t have heart attacks. And it was, I got to the hospital and they said I got there so fast that there was no damage to my heart, and that’s the key is get there, get the help, and get it taken care of. Don’t believe that "it doesn’t happen to women" because it does.
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