When it comes to the human heart, even if you take great care of it, anything can happen due to the many triggers that influence the cardiac system.
The most life-threatening cardiac event is a heart attack, and although many people do survive their first time, subsequent heart attacks can be very difficult to recover. Susan Lucci, who you must remember from her wonderful performance on the show All My Children, has recently gone through an experience of such sort herself.
According to reports, the actress had to undergo a surgery of the heart on an emergency basis after she reportedly experienced a heart attack that was very close to a life-threatening one called a widowmaker. Thankfully, she has lived to tell the tale and has described her experience to the media outlet called Today.
Missing The Widowmaker
The actress described to Today that her heart attack started after chest pains that lasted for about three rounds, with the third one being the most difficult one as during it she felt a heavy burden on her chest, something she thankfully remembered as being a symptom of a heart attack.
While you might have heard that heart conditions of such sort usually develop in situations of extreme stress, for Lucci it happened when she was having a casual shopping trip.
Upon inspection, the doctors discovered that Lucci was suffering from a major blockage that had occurred in one of the main heart arteries, which offered the perfect opportunity for the widowmaker type of heart attack to take place.
According to her medical reports, the blockage had covered 90% of the artery area, a situation that demanded Lucci to undergo a medical procedure on an urgent basis to have it removed, requiring two stents in the process.
Thankfully her procedure has gone well and now Lucci is on a path towards recovery. The actress herself has assured everyone that she’s doing great now, however, she has also emphasized that women around the world need to be more careful with their health.
According to Lucci, many women face health-related issues simply because they don’t prioritize their own health, as many other everyday responsibilities take precedence over even the most necessary self-care.
Even when she was experiencing her heart attack, Lucci says she was still thinking about the many things on her to-do list, as she has grown into the habit of always prioritizing the needs of others above her own.
Another reason why she did not think her issue was big enough is that she did not want to create a scene as, according to her, women are generally perceived to create a mountain out of a molehill especially when it comes to health issues, and hence subconsciously make all efforts to downplay any healthcare issue that they may be suffering from for the longest of time.
That is why Lucci recommends that women need to listen to their body and respond to any signals it may be giving them regarding their physical and mental health as, most likely, there is something there.