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A Woman’s Heart tells a Different Story ~ Happy Valentine’s Day ~

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The Center of God's Heart ~ Woman

Proverbs 31: 26-2926She opens her mouth in wisdom,
         And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
    27She looks well to the ways of her household,
         And does not eat the bread of idleness.
    28Her children rise up and bless her;
         Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
    29“Many daughters have done nobly,
         But you excel them all.”
 

  

It is true that a woman’s heart is different than a man’s. However, not just in the things of love. While we ladies are built to reasons while emotional, we may be less likely to be wise in that reasoning. Now…now! Don’t look at me as if I have betrayed some Feminine Covenant!   

I meant that we may not  pay as much attention to our physical heart or our physical health as we should.  

We most often look after our husband or our children, and even our parents’ health with more concern than we do our own. Ask yourself this…how many days into a good (bad) cold do you go before you take a day off to rest, if at all? How often do you put off going to the doctor for a check up because it does not fit into your very busy schedule with work, kids, Church, clubs and on and on and on, again?   

On this Valentine’s Day 2010 I recieved this e-mail from a new and quickly becoming good friend. Having endured a tremendous amount of family illness and death in the last several years it hit home. I realized that I have had fleeting moments of fear that my tight chest was not an asthma episode and the ache in my arm not from overdoing the writing causing a Carpal Tunnel episode.   

Being a Christian woman who knows that my healing was purchased in the Atonement, I have diligently been working toward a healthier life and dietary – style. Because even though I know my healing is now, I also know there is a lot of work to be done to restore my body to where the Lord would have me be.  

Therefore, on this International Day of Love I felt an urgent urge to share this particular e-mail, as some of us may not know this:  

A Woman’s Heart reacts differently during a heart attack, or Myocardial Infarction (MI). The symptoms men have are more obvious because it is everywhere…tv and internet, etc.   

However, oddly, we see much less of the symptoms a womans exhibits during an MI.  I don’t know why…it’s just the case.  

Female Heart Attack Info – Very Important  

I hope you never need this information, but just in case…….. 
 
 
* A NURSE’S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE*
 
I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on! 
 
*FEMALE HEART ATTACKS* 
 
I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I’ve ever read.. 
 
 
Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction).
  

Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack.. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman’s experience with a heart attack. 
 
‘I had a heart attack at about 10:30PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, ‘A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up. 
 
A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you’ve been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you’ve swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn’t have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation–the only trouble was that I hadn’t taken a bite of anything since about 5:00p.m.
 
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR). 
 
This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. ‘AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening — we all have read and or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven’t we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I’m having a heart attack!
 
I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn’t be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else… but, on the other hand, if I don’t, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.
 
I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics… I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn’t feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in. 
 
 
I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don’t remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like ‘Have you taken any medications?’) but I couldn’t make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.
 
I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints.
  

 
Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.
 

*1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men’s symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn’t know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they’ll feel better in the morning when they wake up… which doesn’t happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you’ve not felt before. It is better to have a ‘false alarm’ visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be! 

  

*2.  Note that I said  *Call the Paramedics. And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  


DO NOT
 try to drive yourself to the ER – you are a hazard to others on the road. 

  

DO NOT  have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what’s happening with you instead of the road.   

DO NOT  call your doctor — he doesn’t know where you live and if it’s at night you won’t reach him anyway, and if it’s daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn’t carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr will be notified later.
 
3.* DO NOT assume it couldn’t be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it’s unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.
 
 
*A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.*  

A Woman’s Heart: Symptoms of Heart Attack ~ 

By , About.com Guide 

Updated October 16, 2009 

About.com Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by the Medical Review Board 

Every year hundreds of thousands of women die as the result of a heart attack or other cardiovascular disease. What many people, including many healthcare professionals, don’t realize is that the symptoms of heart attack in women are often different than in men. Women are more likely to experience nausea, dizziness, and anxiety as symptoms that indicate a heart attack.

  • Chest pain-may also include back pain and/or deep aching and throbbing in one or both arms.
  • Breathlessness and/or inability to catch your breath when waking up.
  • Clammy sweating.
  • Dizziness–unexplained lightheadedness, possible blackouts.
  • Anxiety–unusual nervousness, feelings of impending doom.
  • Edema–fluid retention and swelling usually of the ankles or lower legs.
  • Fluttering–rapid heartbeats, palpitations.
  • Nausea–gastric upset.
  • Feeling of heaviness, such as pressure-like chest pain between the breasts that may radiate to the left arm or shoulder.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in women and it is the most preventable cause of death. Women should pay particular attention to these symptoms and seek immediate advice from a healthcare professional if these symptoms occur. 

Take good care my friends!  

TELL THEM YOU LOVE THEM…BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE, WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT…AND BE GOOD TO YOURSELF. IT IS THESE THINGS THAT GOD EXPECTS FROM US… 

Blessings My Friends ❤    Happy Valentine’s Day 

   

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

2 thoughts on “A Woman’s Heart tells a Different Story ~ Happy Valentine’s Day ~

  1. Hello Hope Anne – Thanks for dropping in at High Calling Blogs! I am not a woman, but am married to one, and therefore give you three cheers for encouraging women to take care of themselves. It’s no fun to push yourelf too hard and then pay for it with a hospital visit! Cheers.

  2. Anne,

    Thanks so much for the helpful post about women and heart attacks. I remember reading something similar a year or more ago, but not sure that information would have stuck in my brain because it’s so “uncommon” for women’s MI issues. Perhaps this is just the kind of reminder women need more frequently.

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