Cindy O’Brien wasn’t feeling well for three days. She never imagined she was having a heart attack. O’Brien didn’t recognize the warning signs, because for women they manifest in many undetectable ways. Although she works in health care, she almost missed her own warning signs. She almost didn’t seek help in time. Cindy O’Brien is a heart attack survivor. This is her story, and what she wants others to know…
• Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 836,546 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
• About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds.
• Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives each year than all forms of cancer and Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease combined.
• About 92.1 million American adults are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke. Direct and indirect costs of total cardiovascular diseases and stroke are estimated to total more than $329.7 billion; that includes both health expenditures and lost productivity.
*Facts according to the American Heart Association