After surviving a rare coronary artery dissection and massive heart attack while nine months pregnant, Nefertari has devoted her life to uplifting other heart patients and promoting heart health awareness.See all posts »
Having a heart attack while pregnant was a very scary experience for me.
I was rushed to the hospital at the University of Pennsylvania for an angiogram. Although I was given a sedative, I woke up a few minutes before the doctors finished the procedure. I remember seeing a large blue drape across my chest and a huge monitor with images of my heart.
Seconds after my eyes opened I heard a soothing voice inform me that the procedure was almost finished and I that I could go back to sleep if I wanted. As I looked around, I could feel myself getting a little anxious. My mind was racing and I had a hundred questions. I choose to have another sedative which I felt working immediately.
When I awoke I was taken to my room in the critical care unit. The room was brightly lit and there were tubes everywhere. I had IV's in both arms hooked up to about six bags of medicine. I was a pretty sick lady.
Soon, the doctors came in to explain what they had found during my angiogram. They told me they were able to go into my heart through a major artery in my thigh. I was instructed that because of the way they went in, I needed to lay still for a few hours to prevent bleeding from that area. They gave me medicine to thin my blood which left me at risk for excessive bleeding if I didn't lay still and allow the area to heal.
Finally they told me the devastating news: I had suffered a sudden coronary artery dissection or SCAD. This happens when the coronary artery ruptures which leads to a massive heart attack.
They explained that I was lucky to be alive and they were able to go in and place three stents to repair the damaged artery because open heart surgery while nine months pregnant was not an option.
The angiogram allowed the doctors to quickly go in and repair the damaged artery and I am so thankful for such technology.
Not all hospitals are required to have these catherazation labs. This is why I had to be air lifted to a different hospital. These are the operating rooms that doctors use to go into your heart and make necessary emergency repairs. With heart disease being the number one killer of Americans, the fact puzzles me.
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