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  • ( horrific sound)

  • - It was like someone just took a massive rock

  • and just hit me on my rib cage.

  • (upbeat music)

  • My name is Cindy Mafu.

  • I live in California.

  • I am a mother of two toddlers

  • and they keep me busy.

  • (Kids playing)

  • I enjoy taking walks.

  • We walking in the trails.

  • We walking in the woods.

  • Swimming, I love the beach.

  • Don't ask me to get into the water in California.

  • It's freezing, (suspenseful sound)

  • the day of the heart attack.

  • It was a normal Saturday.

  • I was doing my housework.

  • Started mopping.

  • And when I was mopping, I noticed I started sweating

  • and not just like small sweat,

  • like profusely sweating.

  • And I went and I washed my face.

  • I came back,

  • carried on with my work

  • and I started sweating again.

  • I went back and I washed my face and I thought this is odd

  • because the cool air was going in the house.

  • When I was washing my face

  • everything just seemed to be going black.

  • And I called my husband

  • because that's when I felt like I was very dizzy.

  • He helped me to our room.

  • And as I was trying to sit on the bed

  • I felt this crushing pain on my chest.

  • I told my husband all the pain

  • "I'm feeling pain in my chest."

  • And I was just holding my chest so tight.

  • Every, it felt like it was squeezing

  • and everything was crushing.

  • Then I felt the pain starting to go on my left arm,

  • squeezing me tight.

  • At that time, he called 911. (siren from ambulance)

  • In my mind ,

  • I was there's no way I'm having a heart attack.

  • (heartbeat sound)

  • EMTs came.

  • They asked if I suffered with panic attacks.

  • If I had high blood pressure, if I was stressed

  • they asked me a whole lot of questions.

  • They did an EKG

  • and they said nothing was wrong with my heart.

  • And because they gave me the option to stay home.

  • I agreed and I stayed home.

  • I laid down.

  • And when I laid down,

  • it felt like the pain was getting intense

  • and more than what I was feeling.

  • And my husband was like

  • I'm taking you to the ER,

  • because of COVID I had to walk in by myself.

  • I was checked into the ER,

  • they started connected me to monitors,

  • giving me IVS and things like that.

  • You could tell they now moving at a different pace.

  • So in my mind already, I knew something was wrong

  • but I didn't know exactly what it was.

  • A cardiologist came.

  • And she then confirmed that my blood work

  • and the EKGs done at the hospital

  • confirm that I have in fact had a heart attack.

  • (heartbeat sound)

  • When I was given the news, I just lost it.

  • I was immediately prepped to go into theater

  • so they could look at my arteries

  • in my heart to see what was going on.

  • And what was found is

  • that I had a tear in my left descending artery

  • which is called the widow maker.

  • And I had a spasm,

  • and I had a blockage in my right artery.

  • After I came back from the procedure

  • I was given a diagnosis

  • that I have what is called

  • Spontaneous coronary artery dissection

  • which is known as SCAD.

  • I was in a hospital for a few days

  • seeing different doctors explaining my condition.

  • Thank God I did not need any intervention.

  • So they treat me with just medication.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I think the worst part

  • about this is it's such a lonely experience.

  • I have now found a group,

  • a closed group

  • that American had association gave me that resource.

  • That is for survivors of SCAD.

  • They give the support and the emotional support,

  • that I really feel that I've needed.

  • I think this event has helped me

  • to just remember to live in the now

  • to live for today.

  • But I'm holding on to seeing my kids grow up

  • and seeing my baby girl go to kindergarten,

  • to see my son going to a petting farm

  • so he can see a real pig.

  • He's obsessed with pigs and cows.

  • I'm holding on to that,

  • that I will have those opportunities

  • and to hopefully grow old with my husband

  • God knows the desires of my heart

  • and it's all in his hand.

  • And He has my future planned out.

( horrific sound)

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