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“I had a heart attack following the birth of my second child. I left the hospital healthy and with a beautiful baby boy. I say this all because so many people assume there had to be warning signs during my pregnancy, but there weren’t”
14 days after giving birth, Brownyn began to have small amounts of chest pain.
At 33 years old, Brownyn had no clue she was having a heart attack. But her mother recognized the symptoms, and encouraged her to go to the hospital.
Brownyn was put into an ambulance to be transported to the Hospital. The doctor located two places where she had blockage. They gave her a stint in her left circumflex.
She had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection otherwise known as SCAD, a spontaneous tearing in the coronary artery wall.
According to the American Heart Association, SCAD is seen normally in young, healthy and active patients, and normally does not have any warning signs making it difficult to diagnose.
“I know how lucky and blessed I was that day. Lucky that my mom recognized the symptoms that so many women push to the side. Now, I am constantly reminding people to look for the signs and not to ignore the signs,” said Bronwyn.