Understanding the Symptoms
For women, the symptoms of a heart attack can be vague. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, fatigue, weakness, pain radiating to your back or any combination of these symptoms, seek emergency care by calling 911 immediately.
“Because the symptoms of a heart attack for women can be confusing, they often wait too long to seek treatment,” Quinlan says. “If Melody had waited 45 minutes longer, she wouldn’t have survived.”
“I thought a heart attack would be much more painful, but my pain was only at a six on a scale of 1 to 10,” says Melody. “In my experience, labor and menstrual cramps are more painful.” Melody returned to school a week after the procedure. She began cardiac rehabilitation at CentraState to strengthen her heart, and since starting the program, she has improved her heart’s ability to pump blood by more than 50%. This spring, she sang at a church with her daughter, chaperoned a school trip to Virginia and traveled to Woodstock, N.Y. She’s now on cardiac medication and exercises regularly at CentraState Fitness & Wellness.
“I still can’t wrap my brain around the fact that I had a heart attack,” Melody says. “There was ‘Melody before’ and ‘Melody after,’ and ‘Melody after’ is putting herself first.”
To learn more about Interventional Cardiology Services at CentraState, visit centrastate.com/cardiology or call 866-CENTRA7 (866-236-8727).