29 March 2014

Hearts















 Women's Hearts...
First of all, I'm fine, and I have no heart damage.
I have had an arrhythmia most of my life, and it acted up this week.







I walked into the hospital and when they took my heart rate it was over 200 beats per minute.  I walked in. Earlier at home, when I could not stand, the rate was faster than that.

When I saw the triage nurse, he immediately sent me back, and the team immediately returned my heart to normal with fast acting medication, but then I had to have all the routine tests to make sure there was no damage.












What I did wrong.


1. I waited too long with my heart in an abnormal rhythm. If you wait too long regardless of the type of arrhythmia something could go wrong.  I was sick to my stomach and clammy.

2. I did not call an ambulance, because I was embarrassed, but fortunately for me, my spouse was home.  At my worse, I could not get up to walk to the car.  He called nine one one, but while they were asking all the questions, my heart slowed just a bit that I could walk to the car, and my spouse drove me.  I still should of taken an ambulance, because the paramedics start working on you immediately.





What did I learn?

1. I should of immediately called an ambulance, because the paramedics immediately begin treatment.

2. I need to speak up for myself more.  The care at the hospital was excellent, except for the woman who was checking people into the triage nurse.  Apparently, she was suppose to immediately send me back due to my heart rate. She was not suppose to send me to the triage nurse to then wait my turn.  I also should of asked what was my heart rate was, because she did not look at it.  I know that, because that is what she told the triage nurse, and the triage nurse, a male, scolded her.  So don't ever think that because someone is male or female that they will give you better care. Fortunately, when I was sent back, a team was waiting for me.

You see I am a tiny women that looks younger than her age, and I am young for complaining about my heart; I don't look like a person with a heart issue.  Even though I told her it was my heart and what arrhythmia I was in, I think I was treated like a loon.  I think I was treated like I was a loon by the first person that I spoke with because of the way I looked. It all began as I was getting dressed, so my hair had dried with mousse in it; I had my shirt on backwards and I was wearing no shoes, because I could not put them on.  Regardless, whether I came from the street or not, I should of been treated well regardless of what I looked like.  I want to emphasize that everyone else at the hospital was excellent.

3.  The women next door to me in the emergency room had a heart attack.  When there is damage to the heart muscle specific enzymes are elevated. She ignored symptoms for several weeks and had attributed it to muscle spasms. 










Women need to pay attention to their hearts because, heart disease is the number one killer of women. Women's hearts act differently than men's hearts when they are acting up. Please read what women's symptoms are it may save your life or someone else's.











65 comments:

  1. How scary, Su! I'm glad you are okay. I think that even with more information being put out there about women and their hearts these days, it needs to get more attention. I think that many women don't attribute heart attacks or problems to women as much as they do men.

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  2. Happy to hear you are okay. Good thing you learned these lessons now....to be better prepared in case you should ever need to know in the future.
    Thank you for stopping by the Lakehouse this morning, Su.
    You have a beautiful blog.
    Debbie

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  3. Omigosh, what an awful thing to have happen! Glad it turned out ok. Women do tend to ignore pain until they can't bear it any more. Take care of yourself!!!

    ps love the heart things you shared. so pretty...

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  4. Hi Su
    Whew ! Happy all is well. I am always happy to see something from you in my email...this was very unexpected. Read the link regarding women and heart disease and there are some things I need to work on. For example walking...I too live in az and dread the hot summer where even dog walking is limited.

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    1. Thank you. It is awful in the summer! I love walking too, and I also hike, but summers are difficult.

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  5. Thank you for the link to the heart information. I think I'll print out the symptoms and put them on the fridge. So glad you came through this and so glad you emphasized the ambulance information. I had read that somewhere else in the last year and the importance of it made much more sense than it had before. I've been reading your blog for a while - you wonderful kitchen drew me in and your porch renovation kept me here.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Yes, I had no idea about what they can do when one needs an ambulance. And the woman next to me! Her situation was different than mine, but several weeks in discomfort before going to the ER.

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  6. I am glad you are back home and sound like you are doing better.

    You make us all aware that we need to listen to our bodies and not think that the symptoms will stop and just go away.

    Best wishes to you for a quick recovery from this episode and no more episodes.

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    1. Thank you, Art and Sand. I am already feeling better. xoxo

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  7. Thank you for sharing your personal experience, and for pointing out that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. Our society spends much time and money promoting breast cancer awareness, while nearly ignoring heart disease. I don't mean to demean breast cancer awareness in any fashion whatsoever, just perplexed as to why the leading cause of death in women isn't at least as important. I applaud you for writing this. The more we share such things with one another, the better off we'll all be. I'm happy you received the attention you needed and that it ended well. Blessings ~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy, you made a very good point in a kind, but observant way. xoxo

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  8. I'm sorry you are having problems, and I hope you are feeling better now. I have the same problems and I just want to share what I've learned with you:
    1. My grandmother lived with arrythmia almost all her life and it never gave her serious problems. She died of other reasons at the age of 96.
    2. My father has it (often for a week straight) and doctors are telling him that if he can learn to accept the physical aspects he can live with it basically forever. (He's on Waran).
    3. I am 36 and I have it myself (also palpitations) and I have noticed that eating alot, topping off my stomach, makes it much worse. Small meals many times a day is the answer. Stress also worsens it.

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    1. Thank you, Misantropia. Your family sounds similar to my family. My father has it. Even my child has it, but hers is mild and doesn't need medication. The danger is neglect. I waited too long to go in. It could of stopped, because it was so fast, for so long. I was nauseated and sweating. My father sounds similar to your dad, and the danger becomes stroke.

      Thank you, Misantropia,those are some other triggers that I didn't know about. xoxo I should not have coffee at all. I had one cup that morning and no breakfast. I was hot, because it was warm that morning. I might not of had enough fluid. I had a slight cold virus, and I didn't sleep well the night before. But I had actually been tired for several days in the daytime, it might of already been a little off, and I did not notice. I definitely have to pay more attention to my self. I take medication, but the medicine I had to take at home did not work, so I have to see my doctor to get a different kind for the next episode. Oh my father lives where is cold and his gets triggered by the cold. You live where it is cold, so I wonder if that could trigger it for you too. xoxo

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    2. Oh, I don't do heat, at all. But it never gets super cold here either. We are so close to the sea, it's very temperate. I understand it's different where you live though, and I can't even travel to hot places. I also have low blood pressure and the combination isn't good.

      I drink coffee once a day - espresso in the morning, but always with lots of milk and never without food. I know exactly what you mean, I drink soooo much water every day. Dehydration and caffeine is a bad combo.

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    3. Yours sounds like a lovely climate. I'm dreading the summer already, because it has been in the mid 80s to 89. You wouldn't want to come here from May to September. xoxo

      That's interesting. My father and I both have very low blood pressure. The doctor even asked me about it.

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  9. Oh dear. That was scarey. I know that heart attacks in women are not necessarily displaying the same symptoms as in men. We tend to forget, as women, about the very real threat of hear disease. My father and all his brothers died rather young from heart disease so I have had a heightened awareness of it ever since.
    I am glad that it worked out for you in the end Sue, but really, that is just not acceptable. We depend greatly on the care and expertise of medical staff. You don't like to be let down.

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  10. I am so glad you are okay but that must have been a scary experience. Thank you for the link to the heart info. I think a lot of moms like myself need a reminder to exercise daily. I think we're a pretty active family but personally, I am not active enough to be heart healthy. I think you've helped a lot of women today.

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  11. A frightening experience, I'm glad you are OK. You learned a lesson, and passed it on to us - thank you.

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  12. Oh, Su, so very thankful you are okay. Wish I lived close to you so I could have helped. I agree with all of your advise. It really upsets me when hospital workers judge patients by how they look. You'd think they wouldn't discriminate, but they do. Indeed, they do. Again, so relieved you are okay. xo Jen

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  13. I am so thankful you are ok! I will heed to your advice and I am sure you and your followers will too! Take care of YOU!

    Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, LBDH, it's so important. xoxo Congratulations on your new grandchild!

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  14. Thank heavens you are okay. (((Hugs))) and love to you.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I'm feeling better now, and love to you too.

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  15. So thankful you are okay! blessings to you, Deborah.

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  16. Oh boy, so scary. I am glad that your husband was home there to help you. They do say that the ambulance is the best way to go, but I know that is a very hard call to make, especially for women. Sharing your story, especially as eloquently as you did, is so important. I get palpitations and find that sometimes meditation helps. Be well my friend. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I take daily medication, and what I had did not work this time. I waited an hour and half to go in with a very high heart rate. The problem was how long I waited.

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  17. So glad you are okay. Also glad you learned a lesson from this - next time, call the ambulance. I experienced what they thought was a heart attack once and have never been so catered to in my life. They rushed me from the Urgent Care in an ambulance to the heart center - all the time I was telling them I didn't have a heart problem. Luckily, I didn't but they really jumped on it.

    Take care of yourself.

    Judy

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    1. Thank you, Judy, for your well wishes. I received very good care once I got beyond the front. xoxo

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  18. You've shared your own experience and that means so much more to us. We as women, need to pay attention to our bodies. We are the only ones that can tell when something is wrong or even different. We need to pay attention to the signs. Thanks for this wonderful post my friend. I'm so glad you are well! Hugs!

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  19. You poor thing! I bet that was terrifying! Do call the ambulance next time...you just never know.

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  20. Please take care and get extra sleep this weekend! Thinking of you! Prayers!

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    1. Thank you, Bernideen. I took it easy this weekend. xoxo

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  21. Oh my goodness Su, how awful. Thank God you are ok. Let's try to slow down and get the much needed rest. I will keep you in my prayers. Thanks for sharing this very personal story. We all need to pay attention.

    Janet

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    1. Thank you, Janet, for the prayers. I'm okay now. xoxo

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  22. Thank you for posting this important info on our heart. I hope you are feeling better and I will be praying for you and your situation. Yes, I've learned from the "c" thing, one must speak up......most people don't because they think the health system just knows...that's not so. Take care of yourself~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Thank you, Roxie, for your prayers. I'm feeling like my self again. xoxo

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  23. First of all, I am so glad that you are ok, Su.

    And secondly... I am guilty of the same thing. I woke in the night 7 years ago with pains in my chest. First thought was heartburn. They kept coming. I took Tums. Eventually, the pain stopped.

    The next day, I went to my Dr. who said that he did not have the equipment to test for a heart attack ~ that I needed to go to the hospital.

    Because of worry over the cost, I didn't go until the next day. My sister had suffered severe heart damage when she didn't go immediately. So I went to the ER, and sure enough there were elevated enzymes present. So I spent 24 hrs. in the hospital, all turned out ok...

    But... like you, I will never wait or 2nd guess it again. 911. Ambulance. Go go go!

    Take good care of you... and THANK YOU for posting about your experience. We women need to speak up and take care of one another.

    BIG HUGS,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. Your poor sister! Lin, it's good that you went in and learned that you should not have waited. And seeing one's child hurt or injured is the worse! xoxo

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  24. Oh, and I found out years ago when I was in the ER with my son...

    all you have to do to get immediate attention is use the word "negligence" in a sentence. The staff hops to it in a blink of an eye.

    xo,
    Lin

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  25. Such a scary day! I was worried only reading about it. I'm so glad you're fine now. Rest a little.
    XOXO,
    Magali

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  26. OH my goodness, I am so glad you are okay. I just read your post and my heart aches for yours. It is good you are educated about your heart and I am thankful that you shared the information. You are a precious soul and I will say a little prayer for you that the Lord will always be watching over you.

    May the Lord bless and keep you safe in his care

    Hope you are having a good day today
    Michele

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    1. Thank you, Michele, for your sweet prayer. I didn't work on any projects this weekend. xoxo

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  27. So glad your ok and that no damage was done! Very scary...rest up and take care of yourself!!

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    1. Thank you, Martina. I took it easy all weekend. xoxo

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  28. I am so thankful and glad to hear you are okay - praise the Lord! Thank you for this information and the reminder. I pray you have a restful week, sweet lady! Hugs to you!

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  29. Thank you for finding me today and leaving a comment. I am your newest follower (now that I know how to do it). I worked in a hospital for many years and my hubby is still at the same hospital. I know exactly what you are talking about and yep- ya shoulda called an ambulance. xo Diana

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    1. Thank you, Nana. Now, I know. xoxo I am following you too.

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  30. I am so glad you are alright! There is such a tremendous amount of heart problems in my family, so I am lucky to not have had any problems as of yet, and keep a healthy lifestyle to avoid future problems. You are so right, they are quick to dismiss people of a younger age and healthy weight as far as heart problems go!

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  31. That must have been quite a scare, glad to hear your oke. Take care, Anita xo

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  32. I have the same affliction Susan - so happy you're ok - ( and I tend to ignore mine completely - S.T.U.P.I.D. )
    This was such a great post - we women tend to forget about ourselves far too often
    XOX

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    1. You know why I ignored it, because they say it is the type that immediately won't kill you. Well no one had ever made it clear that if one is racing over 200 beats a minute ( I did for over an hour+ that one needs to go in and get it reset). I never realized it could stop. So if you get in a bad way, Suzan, don't ignore it. xoxo

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