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OWS-SylviaMore than 10 years ago, I had terrible nausea and some pain in my right arm and shoulder that I had been ignoring for a few days. One day, I threw up violently but did not think "heart attack". My husband, however, wasn't taking any chances. He called the hospital right away to ask them about...
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OWS-BarbaraI did everything right. As a former professional dancer, I work out regularly, I practice yoga, I don’t drink or smoke, and I eat a healthy diet. You can imagine how shocked I was when I woke up 1 night with crushing chest pain.

I knew I was in trouble and wasted no time in calling an...
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OWS-DebbieI remember every year worrying about breast cancer and whether my mammogram would be negative. None of the women I worked with ever spoke about heart disease and none of us knew it was our #1 killer.

I clearly remember my heart attack even though it happened years ago. I was lying in bed...
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OWS-JeanI am a 62-year-old woman who was diagnosed with heart disease just over 10 years ago. Although I complained continually about symptoms that seemed to point to heart disease, I was never sent for any cardiac tests, not even a stress test. I suffered for 2 years before my condition was diagnosed...
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OWS-MargueriteI am a 42-year-old African-American female. I’d had a heart attack in my late twenties, but it was not diagnosed until the age of 38. At that time, I had cardiac catheterization and an MRI that showed I had a moderate heart attack and damage to the front of my left ventricle. My cardiologist...
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OWS-DearraMy first experience with heart disease was when my father had a heart attack at age 42. I was 14 years old. My second experience was when my father had a second -- this time fatal -- heart attack at age 57. I was 29 years old.

When I was 51, I was having my third experience with heart...
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OWS-JaneI suffered a heart attack at age 52 while teaching a class. At the time, I didn’t recognize what was happening to me, but I do remember thinking, “This can’t be a heart attack!” As a precaution, I asked a colleague if she had an aspirin because I’d recently read about taking an...
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OWS-KathyAt 42 years old, I considered myself a healthy, optimistic woman blessed with three healthy boys, a wonderful husband, and devoted friends. However, my sense of security and invincibility has been challenged and I’ll never view myself in the same way.

About 2 and a half years ago, I...
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OWS-MaxineWhen I was 11 years old, my father died of breast cancer. Yes, men can get breast cancer, although it is very rare. As a result, I spent my adult years focused on the possibility of getting that disease. I knew that many members of my family had died of heart disease, but since they were all...
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