Want to inspire others to get there heart checked before it’s too late, do you have a story to tell…. Share your story so you could help save someones life!
I am 38. i have a 3yr old son(only child). I was diagnosed with CHF, Cardiomegaly(enlarged heart), and Cardiomyopathy last year feb 15, 2010. Was hospitalized for 5 days and told my heart function was only 10%(my dad died at 62 with heart function of only 7%). I had never been diagnosed of heart problems/heart disease before that. My dr’s not sure what caused my heart disease(longtime undiagnosed or treated hypertension? family history?(my dad and his mom died due to heart disease(now i have pretty much the same disease as them). I was a nurse for 15 years prior to this. I knew better. But, i was so busy taking care f oters that I never took care of myself. Couldn’t stand going to see a dr(so I never went unless I was sick). Since feb 2010 I have had to retire from nursing. Am raising a 3yr old on social securty!(that still seems crazy to me. I’m retired! Wow). Have had to begin numerous meds for this disease…which I take daily. Have had to have a pacemaker/defribrillator placed. My future is uncertain(I TRUST GOD ABOUT THAT). So PLEASE!!!! get the word out(especially in the black community) please get your routine check-ups, control your high blood pressure, stay healthy before it’s too late!!!
In 2004, My mother unexpectedly passed away due to heart disease. I was 20 years of age. I never thought this would happen happen to her due to the fact that she had meds and we believed it was under control. Now, I encourage other women as well as minority women to get screenings and stress tests. There are so many clinics that due free or low cost screenings. And sometimes people dont know that or are too scared ! Women need to start taking care of themselves.
Just this week my mother was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure. Prior to her going in for having chest pains and shortness of breath (which were originally diagnosed as Bronchitis), she had no indication of having any major medical problems. She is 50 years old this year (young for Heart Failure), and generally took care of herself. She didn’t really eat fast food, drank lots of water (which is 1 reason she got sicker) and worked in retail so she was constantly moving. However, the doctor said the main factor was regulating her blood pressure (she was diagnosed with high blood pressure at 30) by better handling stress factors in her life. The rising of her blood pressure and stress caused her heart to not function at 100%, because her heart was not functioning properly to pump the fluids out as it should, it caused fluid to back up in her lungs. Because she drank lots of water, this was more detrimental than helpful because her body was not depositing and flushing the fluids as it should have. My mother now has to wear a LifeVest (external defibrillator) to monitor her heart for a minimum of 3 months and take medications to try and eliminate the fluid build up as well as strengthen her heart. To make a long story short, we MUST take care of our selves and try to factor out as much stress as we can in our lives because only God knows how long she has had this condition and how long she could have survived with it going untreated. I suggest US all to strive to get routine check-ups and practice better eating habits, exercise & STOP STRESSING, because it is only by the grace of God that she is still here.
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