Kristin’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “I want my story to help women know their symptoms”

Kristin’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “I want my story to help women know their symptoms”

Kristin:
[00:00:30]
I wanted to use my story to let women know that what you grow up hearing, the chest pain, the shortness of breath down the left arm is not the case for women. It's totally different. In my case, it was a pain in my upper shoulder and I was nauseous. I honestly thought it was something else and had no intention of going to the hospital at all. I actually didn't realize I had had a heart attack until nine days after it happened. For him, coming today has been great because most of the people here today were women. This is the first time that he's gotten to talk to other men who are the caregivers because it seems as though the majority of the caregivers are the wives. I feel like we've kind of reversed roles a little bit.
[00:01:00]
Kristin's Husband:
It's opened my eyes to see how they've gotten through it, how they've dealt with it, supported their wives, and how they're moving on.
Kristin:
[00:01:30]
That's the hardest part is realizing that you're not broken. You had heart attack, you've recovered, and now it's time to move on. This is an opportunity to inform and educate other people so that they know what to expect if it should ever happen to them, or even for them, how to prevent that. Women should really be aware of what they're feeling, and if they feel something's wrong, go have it checked or investigate it further at least and see what's going on.

Kristin’s Heart Attack Survivor Story: “I want my story to help women know their symptoms”

When Kristin started experiencing nausea and shoulder pain, she didn’t think it was anything too serious. She had no intention of going to the hospital. But what Kristin didn’t know was that these discomforts were actually symptoms of a heart attack.

She finds comfort in the Survivors Have Heart community because it’s given her an opportunity to educate other women on their heart attack symptoms. It’s shown her that she’s not the only woman whose husband is a caregiver for them.

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