A New York woman is using her experience of surviving a deadly heart attack to urge people to be aware of their risk for such a condition.
Tressa Carbone was hit by a car as she crossed a Manhattan street near Washington Square Park on Jan. 31, 2015. The impact shattered her jaw and knocked her to the pavement. She remembers not being sure what had happened.
“It was a second before I even thought about my symptoms. I’m starting to skate around this area,” Carbone, 49, recalled to FOX News. “I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh! I think I have a heart attack.’”
Carbone was just 24 weeks pregnant at the time, and had recently been to the doctor for what doctors believed to be a benign eye condition. The experience was shocking for her, and she eventually ended up in the hospital for surgery.
“I see this black ribbon on my chest — the heart was gone. I’m just, like, ‘What the hell’s happening?’” she said.
She underwent several heart surgeries after she was released from the hospital. She now advises others to make sure they are taking their medications, drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet.
“If you can identify your risk factors like smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol — if you can flag it and get in to treatment, you might be able to recover completely,” she said.
Carbone eventually went back to work, and has since found her health in good shape.