February is American Heart Month. Since 2004 – together with our customers and colleagues – Macy’s has given more than $69 million to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women and the fight for women’s heart health. This year, we will team up once again to raise awareness about the importance of physical activity to women’s overall health, and to provide easy, accessible tools and resources to inspire women to get active.
As a national supporter of Go Red for Women, Macy’s is sharing the stories of three colleagues whose battles with heart disease illustrate the importance of the Go Red for Women movement. Our next story comes from a colleague in Santa Rosa, California.
One day at work, I began to experience the telltale signs of a heart attack (unknown to me at the time): shortness of breath, sudden fatigue, clammy, pale skin and chest restrictions.
My response? Simply drive home and go to bed, where I most likely would have died had I not been intercepted by my husband, Arthur. He drove me to the hospital, where an electrocardiogram (EKG) revealed a significant heart issue. Further emergency room testing indicated an ongoing, massive heart attack.
I was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, which has a renowned cardiac trauma center. While doctors inserted a stent in a blocked heart vein, I went into cardiac arrest. My heart completely stopped beating.
After forty-five minutes of relentless CPR and other life-saving measures, my heart suddenly began to tick again. After two days in a coma, where I was attended to by Nurse Chris (my guardian angel), I finally awoke and most amazingly had no major internal, motor or mental damages.
The operating doctor told my family that he was ready to prepare them for the worst just before I amazingly recovered. He had never experienced anything like it in his decades of practice. He described it as a miracle, and explained that my case was one-in-a-million.
After a year of rehabilitation, I returned to a part-time position at Macy’s. During my free time, I partnered with the American Heart Association’s Passion Committee to raise funds, share my incredible story and highlight the heart attack symptoms to remember.
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