Libby McMahon calls for better heart care
Libby McMahon from the Dubbo branch of Heart Support – Australia was interviewed by the Liberal Newspaper in response the recent report released by Baker IDI.
The Baker IDI report Change of Heart – Time to End Cardiovascular Complacency warn that a deadly duet of “diabesity” – obesity and type 2 diabetes – combined with
Libby had a mild heart attack in January 2013.
“Heart disease isn’t well publicised. I thought a heart attack was like the movies where you hold on to your chest and you fall down- which apparently it is, but they’re the ones that you die from,” she said.
“I just felt revolting. I felt like I had been hit by a bus, totally exhausted.”
It wasn’t until her husband convinced her to go to hospital instead of work like she had planned, that Ms McMahon was told she was having a heart attack.
“I did have signs that I totally ignored. I had tightness in my chest, I had breathlessness, I was burping and I had indigestion, I had hot flushes. But they could all be justified,” she said.
The hot flushes were attributed to the 40-degree January heat, Ms McMahon said. The indigestion was simply from her lunch. And as for the exhaustion, it had been busy.
“I just put it down to, ‘we just had Christmas’ and I had two weddings booked in that weekend to do. Life’s just busy, everyone is busy, and so you justify it away,” she said.
Now Ms McMahon encourages her children and siblings, as well as the rest of the community, to get their hearts checked.
Growing rates of irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and heart failure is fuelling “a new era of heart disease across all generations.
Read Libby’s article here The call to end Cardiovascular Complacency