Hi Brian, my name is Doreen. I was 47 years
old and in excellent health and condition. I was not a smoker, not
overweight, no family history of heart disease, no blood pressure
irregularities, exercise regularly and eat very well. On
December 21, 2003 , I experienced pressure in my chest and a heated
feeling. There was no other symptoms.
I waited awhile to see if it would subside.
It did not and I knew it was something I never experienced before.
I was a little scared because I was alone. I felt it couldn't' be
a heart attack-Not Me! I am too young and in great health. I
decided to drive to the closest hospital. (10 minutes from my home)
They kept me overnight due to chest pain. The EKG and chest x-ray
was negative as was the blood work.
I started to get severe
migraines, so they gave me some morphine for the pain. I was released
the next day and told I was either under stress or had a touch of
gastrointestinal problems. The whole next week I felt really tired and
not myself. I work with autistic preschoolers (speech therapy). My
regular doctor thought I may have a virus and just wait it out. On
12/31 I called and went to see my doctor-I was not right, I knew it.
He examined me and heard a murmur. He sent me to another hospital for a
cat scan and eco. They found a dissection of my ascending aorta! It
was like a nightmare! Me?!! They had to rush me my ambulance to
NYU. (police escort because of New Year's Eve in NYC) I had no idea I
was going to be operated on until I got there. The team was waiting for
me! How scary! I now am thankful for my 2nd chance, and would like to
talk to others who experienced this problem.
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