Joan’s Heart Attack
I was a heavy smoker, but I never thought that it could happen to me. I was only 44 years old. I thought that heart attacks only happened to old men. I was too young to have a heart attack.
About three days before my heart attack, I began feeling some discomfort in my neck and shoulders. I felt like my muscles were being pulled. I told my sister about my neck and shoulder pain. She took me straight to the hospital.
My sister had had a heart attack two weeks earlier. She knew some of the signs of a heart attack. I am grateful that she got me to the hospital. I was having a heart attack.
My doctor told me that if I have another heart attack, I might die. The first one did a lot of damage to my heart. I have had no choice but to change many things in my life.
I have quit smoking and have started to exercise. I work out four times a week. I have also begun to eat healthy foods and make healthy choices. I do not want to have another heart attack.