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Pregnant Mom Suffers Heart Attack Despite No Prior Heart Condition

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A new study debunked claims that women who give birth through C-sections are more likely to have obese children. Pixabay

Can you have a heart attack despite having no history or no prior heart condition?

That’s the same question that Brittany Little probably thought of when she arrived at her local hospital’s emergency room 34 weeks into her pregnancy, what with doctors diagnosing her with a heart attack.

Living in Hickory, North Carolina, the then-29-year-old social worker was planning to have dinner with her husband and in-laws when she suddenly started having difficulty breathing. Due to her being pregnant, she thought it was her asthma kicking in.

"My chest didn’t hurt. I wasn’t clinching or holding onto my chest. I didn’t pass out. I just could not catch my breath. I would have never thought that I was having a heart attack, never,” Little said in an interview with Good Morning America.

But she did, and according to doctors, Little, who is also the mom of two young children, suffered from a SCAD, or spontaneous coronary artery dissection. Per doctors, this condition only occurs when a tear starts forming in one of the heart’s many blood vessels. Although rare, it can still be very dangerous, especially when left to its own since it can be fatal.

At the moment, however, the condition has no known cause, although it does usually attack women who are otherwise healthy. Furthermore, studies made around it show that it can occur more commonly in women who are going through some hormonal shifts, especially those who are close to or are going through their menstrual cycle. Per the American Heart Association, women who are postpartum also have chance of experiencing it.

"It was a constant balance between making sure Brittany was stable and could carry her baby as long as possible and making sure that the baby was stable. The baby was 34 weeks and we wanted to buy more time,” Dr. Michael Kutcher, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Health, said. 

Thankfully, they were able to perform a cesarean to prevent her from going into spontaneous labor. And now, according to Brittany, Nova is a happy and healthy baby.

pregnant A new study debunked claims that women who give birth through C-sections are more likely to have obese children. Pixabay

 

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