Written By Brandi Williams –NewsOne.com
Dina Piersawl’s life changed during the 2003 holiday season. The former athlete, who ate healthy and worked as a personal trainer, was diagnosed with heart disease. She didn’t see it coming.
“I was visiting my parents,” said Dina. “I was hot. I had a headache that wouldn’t go away. My headache was getting worse by the day. I barely made it through the holidays with my parents,” remembers Dina, who said her mother initially noticed that her eyes looked funny. “When I returned back to Chicago, I just knew something was wrong. I could barely hold my head up. My head was killing me. It was like a headache the size of Texas; Texas is really big.”
Dina said the Texas-sized headache is what eventually caused her to go to the emergency room on December 20, 2003. “They had their holiday staff on duty. I was seen by probably a third year intern, young kid, still studying. I gave him my symptoms – heaviness in my chest, headache, can’t hold my head up. They took my blood pressure and it was off the charts. They sat me in the room with a nitroglycerin pack on and hoped that my blood pressure would go down. It never did. The intern says it is probably just holiday stress. He told me to go home and check back with my doctor after the holiday. I was sent home with elevated blood pressure. No tests. Sent home.”
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