“Women’s heart attack symptoms are less well known than men’s, so I never would have guessed I was likely to have one. We have the power to save more lives.”
Taking care of Natasha’s heart
One in two: that’s how many women whose heart attack warning signs go unnoticed. Natasha, mother of two and in her forties, was one of them. It was July when the CHUM entered her life after she began experiencing sudden, horrible stomach and back pain.
At first, Natasha thought her irritable bowel syndrome was flaring up. But two weeks in, the pain had become intolerable. Her son was so worried that he called 911 and asked for an ambulance.
Once Natasha arrived at the CHUM, they discovered that she had suffered a heart attack. She quickly underwent open-heart surgery to unblock three of her arteries—a literally life-saving procedure.
After a two-week stay in the hospital, Natasha was excited to return home to continue her recovery. Unfortunately, she developed a postoperative infection that complicated her recovery.
Natasha is now getting treated at the CHUM’s. Cardio F clinic, which is powered by your generosity. The clinic is the first women’s health expertise centre in Quebec. It brings together a seasoned interdisciplinary team that focuses on women’s heart research and care and looks after the hearts of patients like Natasha.
Acting faster than heart and metabolic disease means sharpening our understanding of risk factors and sharing knowledge as widely as possible so that we can do more for awareness and prevention. With your help, the CHUM can be a leader in this area.
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