A Cautionary Tale About Heart Disease
Last Saturday I attended a family gathering to celebrate the first birthday of my nephew's daughter. I began to feel a burning in my chest. Not acute, gripping, pain, but a nagging burn that I shrugged off. I'm writing my recent story, to offer you life-saving wisdom that I have read often enough, but never expected in a million years I would have to experience any of these symptoms first hand. I even have a chart on the inside of my medicine cabinet, close at hand but of little concern.
Stress at these functions is the norm for me. You would think family parties would be stress-free. Not so for me, but that's another more private tale. I'm sure you have all experienced the angst of attending some of your own family gatherings. So as I finished the last bite of birthday cake, which by the way was absolutely delicious the burning persisted. I was concerned, but not alarmed and attributed the discomfort to a combination of nerves and too much picnic food.
As the burn persisted, I realized, I was in trouble. I needed to leave. I felt so sick. Somewhat dizzy, but the burn radiating from my chest unsettled me. This was not a gripping pain, it didn't shoot down my arm. There was nothing else bothering me but the burn in my chest. No jaw pain, no numbness. It was a burn that was centralized in my chest and it would last about five to ten minutes. I thought if I could just get to my car and rest. I quickly said my goodbyes family members, but realized I would not be able to find everyone. Then, as I got to my car to drive the 45 minutes back to my house, the pain stopped. Great, I thought, I'm safe in my car and I can get home to rest. Trust me, the idea of a heart problem never crossed my mind.
To be continued.....