Julia Lou, Heart Attack Survivor: Go Red For Women 2016

Julia Lou, Heart Attack Survivor: Go Red For Women 2016


My husband was with me at the time, he had
noticed just how sick I was. And was like, you know I really I really think there’s
something going on here. I’m worried you might be having a heart attack. And I was
like there’s no way I’m having a heart attack. You know I’m like this happens,
it’s happened before just let me sleep it off I’ll be ok. I didn’t want to ruin
our vacation but he really said that he felt like everybody would have a better vacation
if they knew that I was ok. So we went in and told the doctor kind of the symptoms that
I was having what felt like kind of chest pains or acid reflex, numbness on my left
side and that I was really sick and that my blood pressure was really high and he said
you know I hear what you are saying, but there’s no way you had a heart attack. And then when
they looked at the ultra sound they saw that part of my heart wall was no longer moving
I still remember being in the emergency room in Kauai and they say we can’t help you
here. Her heart problem is bigger than we can handle. You’ve got to jump on a life
flight to Honolulu We were just all stunned. I know the doctors
said that there was a lot of thinning at the bottom of my heart and he said that he didn’t
think that I would’ve survived another large heart attack
I just wanted answers but it seemed like no nobody had any answers
Then we saw Dr. Wetherold and she was the first Dr. who noticed that there was some
sort of dissection in my heart Julia came to me with a complicated history
she reported this history of having had a heart attack and potentially many heart attacks
and having had intermittent severe chest pain for several years. That was always worse around
the time of late pregnancy and childbirth I remember at Zander’s birth that they had
asked me to nurse him and I remember so wanting to nurse him but I remember feeling so bad
and I remember my chest, my chest hurt so bad they couldn’t place him on my chest
to nurse. I think that that may have been my big episode
it appeared to me that she had many dissections which is a process by which the inner layer
of the artery that supplies blood to the heart muscle separates from the outer layer of the
artery and ultimately we diagnosed her simply with Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection
but I think you have to really listen to the patient get the entire history dating back
to when the symptoms start especially when it’s an unusual situation like Julia’s
where she doesn’t fit with someone who would have the typical type of heart attack
I think a lot of what made us realize that I was having a heart problem was the information
that’s out there that you know places like the American Heart Association provides for
women The American heart Association has done a
fantastic job because even since I’ve been in practice for 7 or 8 years I’ve seen a
difference. There are many more women who come to me simply because they want to be
proactive they may not be having any symptoms or they may be having some very vague symptoms
but they’re now, they now have a higher level of suspicion for heart disease. And
they’ve become more educated certainly about the fact that one out of three women will
die of heart disease. It’s the most common cause of death in the U.S for both men and
women Dr. Wetherold said now that she’s healthy
and she’s taking the right medications there’s no reason why she couldn’t live to 105.
I realized that the best thing that I could do was really to take care of myself because
I really can’t take care of other people as much as I want to if I don’t take care
myself and I don’t have my health