Heart Attacks

Shasa Orozco, Writer

This week’s article is going to be about strong and powerful women who have been through something traumatic and is still standing strong.  A women named Krystle Evans was eight months pregnant with twins and suffered from two heart attacks. It was on a Saturday in early October and she’d been relaxing in her home in suburban Dallas, Texas, when her chest felt tight. The episode lasted 20 minutes before Evans felt alright again. Perhaps it was just the twins putting pressure on her ribs, she thought. But on Sunday, when her husband was driving the family back from church, she was once again struggling to breathe. Evans was told to go to the emergency room immediately. There, based on her symptoms and blood work, doctors told her she likely had two separate heart attacks that weekend, she said. Doctors believe her twins were putting extra stress on her heart, leading to the cardiac event. The amount of blood that the heart of a woman carrying twins pumps in one minute is 15% higher compared to a tyStill, heart attack risk has been on the rise for pregnant women in recent years, perhaps because expectant mothers are now older than in the past, researchers reported last year.

Heart disease is now the leading cause of death in pregnancy and the postpartum period in the U.S., constituting about a quarter of pregnancy-related deaths, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Expectant women of color and those with lower incomes have higher rates of mortality. Even though the statistics include some pre-existing heart problems, the rise in maternal deaths is mostly due to heart conditions that can develop “silently and acutely” during or after pregnancy, ACOG warned  pical pregnancy, studies have found. She gave birth to a girl and a boy on Oct. 21 at 34 weeks gestation. Shiloh, weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces; Sage, weighed 5 pounds, 1 ounce. They are still in the neonatal intensive care unit, but are doing great, Evans said. She is also recovering well and is back at home with her husband, 7-year-old daughter and 2 year-old son. Her cardiologist wants her to follow up, but doesn’t think she’ll have any long-term issues, she said.