Tuesday, August 1, 2017


AUGUST 1ST, AND MY ANNUAL POST ON WOMEN AND HEART DISEASE

It blows my mind even in 2017, women are treated like second class people when it comes to treatment for heart disease.  What is even more disturbing is the quality of medical care has dropped big time throughout the country.  Anyone is now being admitted into the growing business of medical schools, so a lot of people who should never practice medicine are practicing medicine.


MOM DURING SIMPLER TIMES

I was spending the summer travelling Mexico and Central America by bus when my cousin had just returned from NY to Panama and told me mom was sick.  I immediately took Tica Bus back to Managua and redid my ticket for Miami then NY, instead of Mexico City and Cuidad Juarez.

While in NY she had what we believe was her first heart attack and TIA.  I was in the car and know what I saw.  Life was complex for her back then and she was under a lot of stress.  She refused to accept the financial help she needed and decided to sell the house. My hands were tied, and I was just another person in the house making for a very crowded situation. I think I was back in El Paso for just a few days when I got the call she had died.  She had another heart attack and they took her by ambulance.

This time the shit doctors diagnosed female hysteria and put her in the psych ward.  My sister left her with vomit all over her gown, a sure sign of a heart attack, when she left to let them change her.

By the time my sister got home the call came.  Mom died of a heart attack.  That was 40 years ago today.

TO ALL WOMEN

I do not care what the quack tells you, if you are having chest pain keep on changing doctors until they do all of the tests.  One of my brothers was sent home and told it was gerd.  The next day he collapsed and the doctor said oops - a heart attack.  The night after my sister Caroline had a perfect stress test, she died in her sleep of a heart attack.

WOMEN YOU DESERVE BETTER

Stop the madness and go from doctor to doctor until they are willing to do a complete heart work up.  You are not second class.

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