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ETX woman survives heart attack after giving birth

Rachael Davis was a normal, young, healthy pregnant woman when she went into labor with her little baby girl.
30-year-old Davis did have some chest pain and the baby was early but she thought everything went smoothly. 

"I was thinking 'Wow, after two days I'm going to be able to go home. God is so good. My baby's healthy were ready to go,'" Davis said. 

The doctor decided to keep her and the baby for an extra day, just for observation, and the next morning Davis said she felt like an elephant was sitting on her chest.

"I woke up early that morning and I still felt that chests pain, and I was on the phone with my mom and I said mom, something's not right," Davis said. 

After frantically paging the nurse, Davis blacked out and went into a coma. She woke up three days later. 

"He (the doctor) said you've had a heart attack," Davis said. "I remember looking at him like he was crazy, because I've never had any problems with health."

Davis immediately underwent open heart surgery to repair a tear, but doctors said she was going to be OK. 

According to statistics heart disease is the leading cause for death for women, beating out breast cancer considerably. 

Experts like Claire Kinzy with the American Heart Association say heart disease is silent killer that many, especially women don't even know they have.

"Studies show women are more likely to be concerned about cancer then heart disease," Kinzy said. "Additionally they are more likely to be concerned about their weight, actually more concerned about their weight than cancer and heart disease."

Many times women don't realize their having a heart attack because the symptoms are different then in men.

Symptoms in women include, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath and tightness of neck jaw and shoulder. 

"There's a thought that heart disease is a man's disease or an older disease," Kinzy said, "but what we're really seeing is that heart disease is effecting all ages, all demographics and all risk factors. 

Now, 15 months later after her heart attack, Davis says she almost back to normal. 

"To go from not being able to pick up my child, to now I can hug her and toss her and play with my four year old son," Davis said. "I just can't describe it. It's a blessing."

She's using her new strength to tell other women her story, even speaking at a local Go Red For Women event.

"So many miracles have happened, since this happened to me," Davis said. "I believe in my heart, it's my job to tell everyone I can." 

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