A Texas woman, Tara Robinson, suffered three heart attacks in three days at the age of 40. She is now spreading awareness about the symptoms of cardiovascular disease among women in association with the American Heart Association.
Robinson said that in October 2013, she began experiencing extreme fatigue, left arm numbness and neck pain. By Christmas, she called her sister and told her that her left arm, neck and feet were bothering her almost every day.
Her sister wanted her to go to a hospital, but she ignored the advice. At her annual checkup in January, her doctor found that her cholesterol levels and blood pressure were normal, and that her symptoms were related to stress. She kept feeling discomfort until April of 2014, when she woke up at 2 am saying that her symptoms were 10 times worse.
Robinson suffered three heart attacks in the next few days.
The woman said that she was shocked when the doctors told her that she was suffering from a major heart attack. She discovered that her main artery was 99 per cent blocked
Speaking about her near death experience, Robinson said. “It was like a perfect spring day. I was outside of my body — I felt it, but I couldn’t feel the perfectly green grass in between my toes … the sun on my shoulders. My mind was clear of tomorrow’s worries, no thoughts of any kind. I wasn’t even worried about my family crying from me dying,”
She still deals with heart issues and works to spread awareness on the matter.
“Mentally, it’s a battle trying to find a balance between good and bad days, knowing that you’re not a hundred per cent healthy, so I deal with just how much to share with my husband, children, or family,” she said. “But, with God all things are possible and that’s who I depend on most.”
Robinson urges women to get regular checkups and be aware of the symptoms of a heart attack. These include: pain in one or both arms, nausea or vomiting, sweating, lightheadedness or dizziness and unusual fatigue
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