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Lisa’s Story


I was 43 years old when the unthinkable happened. I had a heart attack.

Not many people know this, and I certainly didn’t, but heart disease kills more women in Canada every year than any other disease. I know now that I am lucky to be alive and I owe my fate to the wonderful and dedicated people at St. Mary’s.

My story began on a normal routine day. I felt lousy but chalked it up to indigestion or maybe a pending flu bug. But then the pain in my chest went from bad to worse – it began to radiate down my arm and up into my jaw. I felt like I had an elephant standing on my chest. I knew I was in trouble and I called 911.

By the time I got to St. Mary’s and was told by the doctor that I was having a heart attack, I was not only scared, but in utter disbelief. This just doesn’t happen to forty-something women.  Sadly I have since learned, it happens every day.

I was told that I would need an emergency angioplasty to clear my arteries and I really can’t thank Dr. Leddy and her team enough. They literally saved my life that day as the fullness of the heart attack actually happened while I was at St. Mary’s – I was told if I was anywhere else, I wouldn’t have survived.

I live my life to the fullest, grateful for everything I have. And to the amazing people at St. Mary’s, I can only say thank you for giving me the best gift of all. My life.