Meet Tina Costello, Wife, Mother, Heart Attack Survivor

Meet Tina Costello, Wife, Mother, Heart Attack Survivor


Officer: I’m going to count to 30. When I get to 30 I want you to give her two breathes, okay? Husband and Daughter: [Crying] [soft music] My name is Tina Costello and I’m a heart disease survivor. She’s the center of our family. We just love to spend time together and hang out in our little house in our little town in the middle of nowhere. We’re a very small family and we need each other. About 10 months before my heart attack I was having chest pain, or tightening in the chest I should say. The night of the heart attack I told my husband, “I’m tired.” I didn’t feel real, real good. We went to bed and just shortly after she was moving around really funny, kicking her legs and her arms. Thankfully it woke me up. I said, “sweetheart, what’s wrong?” She said, “my chest is really tight.” I said, ” how about your arm?” She said, “my arm’s hurting.” I said, “get up, we’re going to the hospital.” My mom got up, dressed herself, took a pillow and a blanket, got in the truck, talked with us and a couple of miles later it happened. Just within a matter of seconds she was gone. We lost her, she lost consciousness. I travel that way to work every day about 5 a.m. and there’s always a police officer sitting in between the median and I thought, if I could just get there in a minute or so then maybe he’ll help us. We looked in backseat of the truck and he said, “we need to get her out and start CPR now,” and he did. My mom was sitting on the pavement getting CPR and I was just sitting there holding her hand praying to God that he wouldn’t take her. This is the women that I love, laying on the side of an old cold road in the middle of the night and I’m asking God not to take her yet. Well, the CPR that Tina received in the field was essential in her survival. It has been demonstrated that it at least increases someone’s chances of survival by two to three fold. The emergency medical technicians did a fabulous job. The prepared her, placed her in the ambulance and we went to the hospital. From the emergency room, we took her directly into the cath lab where we looked at her coronary arteries and then stinted her left anterior descending coronary artery which was the one that was secluded and causing the heart attack. From the time we went to bed on Halloween night until she came home from the hospital is just series of miracles. It’s a series of fantastic people, educated people, brilliant people, compassionate people, trained people. The day that she woke up I had just finally gotten some rest. I was laying in the little recliner they had beside her. The next thing I know, all of the nurses, my dad and everything were just hooten and hollering saying, “she’s awake, she’s moving, she’s awake!” So I run in there and I jump over her and I see her moving and stuff, her eyes were blinking, she’s just, she’s alive, she’s awake. It was amazing to see my daughter and to see that she was right there beside me and the love and joy we have for each other, you know? I was very blessed to be here for her. One of the largest misconceptions that women have about heart disease is that it is primarily a man’s disease when in fact heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. I was 48 when I had my heart attack and I never believed that could happen to me at my age. We’re grateful, we’re thankful to be associated with the American Heart Association. You’re working to get this information out that’s literally going to save lives. We’re just extremely grateful to be part of the Go Red For Women program and we hope our little story and our little family can further all the things that the American Heart Association promotes and works so hard to accomplish. The American Heart Association, through funding and research, has really furthered the cardiology field throughout the years and is a pioneer for most of the things that we do today. If you have any, any symptoms at all of shoulder pain or chest tightness, your arms hurting, please, please get several opinions In just a matter of seconds your life could end. [soft music]