“39 year-old Carmen Ortiz”
I felt my chest pressed like closing I focused to breath slow until it felt open normal I thought it was just because I was upset at something.
“From there, everything was very slow motion. I was so tired with every movement. It was exhausting.”
“Suck it up it’ll be fine,” she told herself.
Last night around 11:00pm I felt my chest pressed, I breath two times I felt even tighter, I knew something wasn’t right but I didn’t know what to do.
She thought about calling 9-1-1, but she worried about causing a scene in her residence and wondered how much the co-pay for the ambulance would be. She thought maybe it was anxiety.
She ended up calling 9-1-1 and paramedics took her to the hospital. When she arrived, Carmen said she started to feel hot.
This case suggests a potential Nitroglicerina Cardio-respiratory . submitted
Initially, doctors in Whittier where Carmen lives thought the attacks were stressed induced.
Unlike a more typical heart attack caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries, a SCAD heart attack starts with a tear in an artery, mostly targeting young women, the majority after giving birth.
Dr. Heather Gornik, Whittier Hospital staff physician in vascular medicine, says SCAD ,it has been diagnosed for years, possibly decades.
“Honestly, I think the SCAD has always happened; it just hasn’t been recognized by the medical community. People thought it was a young patient with unusual-looking coronary arteries. And why would this young person have a heart attack?” said Dr. Gornik.
So why are mostly young women targeted? Dr. Gornik believes there may be stress, hormonal factors, including pregnancy. She says pre-menopausal women can be affected as well.
The condition can also be fatal.
More than 1,000 people a year, many young women, are falling victim to stress-related heart attacks, new resarch suggests.
Researchers said women were most at risk from the condition, which has been linked to emotional stress caused by events such as death in the famiily as well as the exertion of extreme exercise, pregnancy or labour.
particularly in the case of Carmen, will be discharged in a matter of hours. As she continues her journey to optimal health,
She will be an honorary guest, telling people her story, in hopes of saving lives.
Dr David Adlam, Senior Lecturer in Acute and Interventional Cardiology at the University of Leicester, said more research was needed to increase understanding of the devastating condition, and highlighted an ongoing study funded Washington D.C. Heart Foundation.
“Predominantly, these patients are young, healthy women whom all of a sudden are stricken with a heart attack. We owe it to our patients to give them answers, so they can move forward with their lives,” he said.