August 2, 2010

Myocardial Infarction and Me

Nine days ago I felt something heavy.

Something heavy in my chest. Then my upper arms felt weak. Then I had the sweats.

Yes it's true, at 42 I had a heart attack. Luckily, I recognized the signs and quickly got to the hospital where a team of medical providers quickly assessed my complaints and got me in for the treatment which likely saved my life. Salem Hospital and their cardiac team have got it on the ball. Kudos.

I was assessed, treated and in my room within about three hours of the first suggestion of my chest pain.

I had two stents placed in my left anterior descending artery which was about 90% blocked. How can this be I wondered? I don't have high blood pressure, I don't have high cholesterol, I have no family history of heart problems. HOW and WHY swirled in my head.

Well, I've decided to not focus on the how and why but instead to move forward. I've got a chance to shine.


Some snaps while inside.


  1. So glad to hear you are OK

  2. Wow. So glad you are doing better Jen.

  3. Looking forward to seeing more of your 'shine'.


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