If you join us on a regular basis, you know Chef Jan Laird. She brings in some of the best recipes we’ve had the pleasure of sharing with our audience. They’re also incredibly healthy and heart smart. Jan exercises six days a week, has no family history of heart disease and yet -at the age of 52, she suffered a heart attack.
Her experience started much the same as others’ attacks -an unusual pain in their arms. The pain grew, metastasized to her jaw, back and neck. She and her daughter researched the symptoms and then rushed to the hospital where EKG and enzyme tests revealed she in fact was suffering an arterial dissection.
It’s a reminder that anyone can suffer a heart attack, no matter how much we maintain our health and exercise preventive measures. Turns out, one of Jan’s topical lotions she uses could have inadvertently exacerbated a condition she wasn’t even aware she should worry about. Talk to your doctor about all medications you take, lotions and other over-the-counter products. You never really know what might be happening in your body. And it can’t be stressed enough: if you think you’re having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Better your fears go unrealized than untreated.
Stay safe and healthy, y’all.