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Latrese Lesane-fletcher’s Story

Shreveport, LA

LaTrese's Story

Hello all I am 35 years old and a survivor of a heart attack. I recently gave birth to a precious baby boy on June 15, 2010 and had a heart attack on June 23, 2010.
After lying down for a mid morning nap, I was awakened by crushing pain in my chest, upper back, and across my shoulders; in addition I had nausea with jaw pain. I initially I thought the pain was trapped gas related to my recent delivery, but something in me knew something about this pain wasn’t quite right. I arrived to the emergency room thinking I was wasting everyone’s time and that they were going to tell me I had a very bad case of gas. But that wasn’t the case at all, my infarction was seen on my EKG and immediately I was loaded with all kinds of IV meds and signing consents while being wheeled to the cath lab by stretcher. Once in the cath lab the cardiologist said I had a 99 percent blockage in my left descending artery (LAD), I blew my LAD also know as the widow maker. A stent was placed and I was sent to the critical care unit, shortly after arriving to the unit I coded (I don’t remember anything during this period, just that I felt overwhelmingly tired and how good it felt to close my eyes…but God was not done with me yet!) I spent two days in critical care then was allowed to go to the floor.
I didn’t have a family history, I didn’t smoke, nor was I overweight; but what I did have was high cholesterol. Ladies don’t take this warning lightly, if you’ve been recently diagnosed with high cholesterol change your eating habits, increase your activity, and if something is weighing you down get rid of it. You owe it to yourself and your family, life is too precious.
Thank you for reading my story,
La’Trese

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