Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease and Women

“One out of two women are going to have, live with,and/or die from heart disease and stroke,…It is amazing women are still not getting that message, and one has to ask why.” Dr. Martha Hill

On January 19th I suffered a heart attack. For that reason I have not written much in the past several weeks. Writing about the ‘event’ is not easy. I could not have survived emotionally without the wonderful advice, support and  assistance I received from myheartsisters.org.  The owner of this website, Carolyn Thomas is an extraordinary woman and a  heart attack survivor herself. Please go to her website and educate yourself.www.myheartsisters.org.

Women and heart disease has become a burning issue with me now. The problem as I see it with women and fibromyalgia is that we tend to think that all is related  to our condition and negate symptoms that are seriously life threatening. With me it was shortness of breath and fatigue. I tended to think it was all due to fibromyalgia, until it was too late; I had the heart attack and now must learn to survive with a damaged heart.

While there have been those who have written about fibromyalgia and heart valve issues, this wasn’t the case with me. I do know though that it is important to seek out information regarding the relationship between heart disease and fibromyalgia. There is so much that is unkown. My advice to you dear readers, is to be very vigilant regarding your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Please in this heart month, be sure not to mistake what you perceive to be fibromyalgia when it may be something even more serious. As a whole, health professionals tend to think of heart disease as a man’s problem. It is up to us to educate them and ourselves.

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For now I am on the road to  a slow recovery with the help of family and friends.

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