FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- 38-year-old Diane Hackett lost her mother to a heart attack around the age of 40. But she didn't think about her family history when she had her 14-year-old daughter call 911 just before passing out on February 2nd.
"I felt really dizzy, like I couldn't catch my breath. Kind of nauseous. It didn't feel like a heart attack," remarks Hackett. "It just felt more like I wasn't feeling well, like dizzy and nauseous and short of breath, but it wasn't what you would think, 'Oh, I'm having a heart attack."
Paramedics shocked her heart five times on the way to Lutheran Hospital. When she got there, she still had no pulse.
11 days later, after an angioplasty to open a blocked artery and having a stint inserted to keep it open, Diane is going home.
"It certainly is a good feeling to be able to see somebody come from a position where we weren't sure if they were going to make it to survival, to be able to walk out of the hospital and have a prospect of having a reasonably normal life," commented Dr. Scott Mattson, cardiologist.
"I'm a miracle, that there's no logical explanation for why I'm here," Hackett claims. "It was a combination of God wanting me here and a strong will to live, is what they said."
Even though Diane doesn't remember much except the past few days, she says she wants women to learn from her experience.
"It doesn't matter how old you are," Hackett warns. "If you know there's something in your family, you need to get any kind of test you can. I mean, 38 is not very old. You can't think, 'I have another 10 years before I have to worry about that.' You have to find anything you can, any test. Start with your family doctor, is what they told me."
A lesson she hope women will take to heart, this Valentine's day.
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