Local woman stresses importance of 'Go Red For Women' movement
About a year ago, Susan Dietz noticed she was always tired and just never seemed to have any energy, but just thought it was part of the aging process.
Dietz says, "I had reached a point in my life that I had decided I was getting older, staying more fatigued, didn't have as much energy as I once did, just contributed a lot of things to going through menopause as a lot of women do."
But then one night, Dietz woke up in excruciating pain.
Dietz says, "Within a couple of hours I realized I was in bad shape. Something bad was happening because I began to sweat. I began to have shakes, got nauseated, threw up and was unable to get up from the bathroom floor."
Susan sent a text to her son who came and took her to the emergency room.
Dietz says, "I had two stents. I had a 100% blockage and 90% blockage in the artery we commonly call the widowmaker."
Susan never thought she would be part of the one in three statistic when it comes to heart disease.
Dietz says, "He said you have had a heart attack. It was a text book female heart attack."
The symptoms include:
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, and upper back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in one or both arms
- Unusual fatigue
Dietz says, "Never realized that it was my heart."
Dietz says raising awareness is key, which is why events like the Go Red For Women Luncheon are so important.
Dietz says, "That means somebody at your table is likely to be sitting here with heart disease. We all need to be aware of the importance. As women we need to be proactive and learn how to take care of ourselves."
Click here for more information from the American Heart Association.