This is a man told by the photographer to act like he’s having a heart attack.
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ May 19, 2019
One of the reasons that I knew I wasn’t having a heart attack (even while I was actually having one) was my very inaccurate stereotype of what a woman’s heart attack can look like.
I used to think that heart attacks happen only to men. Old men. Mostly out-of-shape chain smokers and heavy drinkers. Old, out-of-shape, smoking, drinking men, who one day out on the golf course suddenly clutch their chests in agony and keel over, unconscious. CPR. 911. Golf buddies yelling. Ambulance sirens. Paramedics. Defibrillator paddles. That’s a heart attack, right?
Wrong, my dear heart sisters. That’s NOT a heart attack. Continue reading “This is NOT what a woman’s heart attack looks like”
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ July 8, 2018
As part of my occasional Dear Carolyn series featuring my readers’ unique narratives about how they became heart patients, I offer today a medical mystery from an Oregon reader. After dueling physicians differed in their opinions of her diagnosis, Lynn Bay now wonders if she actually did have a “real” heart attack, as one of them had diagnosed. Her story may seem familiar to you if you’ve ever had your medical experience dismissed or minimized. Here’s Lynn’s story, with her permission: Continue reading “Dear Carolyn: “Did I have a ‘real’ heart attack?””
by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters
Simple. Clear. Easy to understand. Each of these symptoms could be a warning sign of a heart attack. Notice that the unique symptoms listed on the right of this CardioSmart infograpic excerpt are most commonly seen in women.
But there’s more . . . Continue reading “Most common heart attack signs in men and women”