I found out the hard way that Type 1 diabetes does not exclude you from Heart Disease!!!
When on a Mission Trip to El Salvador, I had 3 issues that really alarmed me. There was pressure on my chest, my neck on both sides hurt, I was dizzy and sweating.
I knew there was no hopsital for 3 1/2 hours and I prayed that God would hold me close to him until I could get home. We were there for a week.
I came home, got an appt and was told they were going to do a heart cath. All the tests came back negative for heart problems. I had a great cardiologist who knew that I was very scared and needed some answers.
The heart cath was done and they found a 90% blockage in the LAD otherwise known as the "Widow Maker" They put a stent in and I was released the next day.
I did NOT know that insluin causes inflamtion in your arteries. I was always told that Type 1 didn't have to worry so much about heart issues.
So, now, I just want everyone to know…control the diabtese if you are on insulin. You can eat what you want when you are on a pump, but you pay for it in the long run. More insulin causes more inflamation in the arteries.
I am so blessed to still be here. I am 51 years old, not overweight, and I am here for a reason. God still has plans for me, and the one thing that I wanted to do was tell everyone here…IF you feel like you have a heart issue…and you have the symptoms…insist that they do a heart cath. ALL my tests indicated that my heart was fine., and we see how that turned out.
Heart attack symptoms: pressure on the chest, pain radiates either down your left arm, or up the sides of your neck. Dizziness, feeling nauseous (sp) and sweating. Pay attention to your body, and get some help!!
signed…Blessed to be alive, praising God and spreading the word!!!