Early detection and fast treatment allowed Abby Bloom’s frightening heart attack to spur her onto greater things.
Abby was driving through the Sydney Harbour Tunnel with her 17-year-old daughter when she felt a sudden tightening in her chest, swelling in her throat and limpness in her arms.
While she had no idea it was a heart attack, she was alarmed enough to pull over into a break-down bay in the tunnel. Her daughter drove her to St Vincent’s Hospital where she was treated within the ‘golden hour’ and had an angioplasty and a stent inserted. The ‘golden hour’ is within an hour of a heart attack. After that time the risk of death is higher.
Before her heart attack, 49-year-old Abby was a successful businesswoman with no risk factors for heart disease apart from slightly elevated cholesterol levels.
Afterwards, she could not even walk 50 metres. But with dedicated and supervised rehabilitation, she was soon jogging 45 minutes a day. Since then, she has also started three biotech companies and participated in the purchase of an occupational rehabilitation company.
She’s aware that her approach is a little different to other heart attack sufferers but says her experience has motivated her to get the most out of life.
“I am now aware that time may be very limited and that has me working long hours to accomplish all that I want to, professionally and personally, as soon as possible. It’s a different way to ‘smell the roses’.”
What can you do to reduce your risk of heart disease? Start by making sure you know the risks.