Amy Wahl Discusses Her Heart Attack
“I put my faith in God, and my trust in Holzer,” shared Amy Wahl, who recently had a heart attack.
On a Wednesday during work, Wahl started having sharp pain in the chest. “It went away and I didn’t really think about it. On Friday night, my arm went numb, so on Saturday I took an aspiring thinking it was anxiety. On Sunday morning, the chest pain hit really hard and I knew I needed to go to the Emergency Department. The doctors told me I had experienced a widowmaker that morning. I never dreamed I was a heart attack,” she stated.
Wahl was admitted for observation and received stents the next morning. “The Holzer Cardiovascular Team was wonderful. Dr. Bradley performed my stents and the staff was great. I have every confidence in Holzer,” she continued. “At 46 years old, I never dreamed I would experience a heart attack. I was surprised and shocked, but am so blessed that I had such a wonderful team at Holzer available.”
Wahl and her husband, Jeff, live in Gallipolis and have two dogs, Sadie and Bo. “My husband and I have joined the Holzer Therapy & Wellness Center and participate in the Zumba classes. Both of us have made lifestyle changes to have the best possible health in order to enjoy life. I would encourage anyone who is having any kind of symptoms to please get it checked out.”
According to the American Heart Association, heart attack symptoms include: chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; or other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness. Symptoms do vary between men and women. Women are somewhat more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea, and back or jaw pain. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
For over 15 years, the Holzer Cardiovascular Institute has provided the region with the highest level of heart services available. The Holzer Cardiovascular Institute has assembled a staff of the region’s most qualified team of cardiac physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff. Using the most technologically advanced cardiac equipment and procedures, The Holzer Cardiovascular Institute is devoted to delivering very best cardiac care for our communities.
Through inpatient and outpatient treatments including medical management, cardiac catheterizations, surgical treatment, we offer diagnostic cardiac catheterizations as well as cardiac angioplasties/stents. Our physicians manage a variety of heart and vascular conditions including: Coronary Artery Disease or hardening of the arteries, Cardiac Arrhythmias or irregular heartbeat, Heart Valve Disease, Heart conditions associated with diabetes, Lung diseases, Vein and vascular disease, and Carotid Disease. Holzer Cardiovascular Institute services include: Cardiopulmonary Testing, Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology or Heart Rhythm Management, Cardiothoracic Surgeries, Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD/PVD), Vein Treatments, Cardio/Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Pulmonary Services. For more information, call 1-855-4-HOLZER or visit www.holzer.org.