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Susan Snyder’s Story

Other Survivor, Age 50, Fort Washakie, WY

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Susan's Story

In June 2011 I wanted to join a fitness program because I felt tired all the time and thought that exercising might make me feel better.  However, the program I was joining required I be checked by a doctor.  I  reluctantly made my appointment. Prior to my appointment I was mowing the lawn and had felt a strange, tightening  feeling on the left side of my neck.  Since it was quite hot outside I went into the house and decided to resume mowing in the morning.  I mentioned this incident to the doctor and he sent me for a stress test.

My stress test went well, I thought.  However, the doctor wasn’t as pleased with the results from the nuclear stress test and I was rescheduled for a resting test.  I was given a nitro glycerin pill prior to my test and was told that it might make me feel dizzy.  I was expecting to feel dizzy but instead felt relief.  I was then scheduled to see a cardiologist ASAP. The cardiologist visit resulted in the diagnosis of 3 blockages.  1-100%, 1-90% and 1-70%. I was immediately hospitalized and underwent triple bypass surgery the following day. Hindsight has taught me that we must listen to our bodies.  I had had all the signs and warnings but didn’t want to believe I was that ill.  Thankfully I didn’t have a heart attack and didn’t have any heart damage. �

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