MY MOTHER’S HEART ATTACK

May 8, 2019
My mother had a heart attack a few months ago because the hospital didn’t take her pre-heart attack symptoms seriously enough. My mother didn’t know what other tests to ask for to conclusively determine what was going on. This actually happens to a lot of women. I would like to take the opportunity to:
1. Bring to everyone’s attention the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Note: They do NOT always include chest pain or shortness of breath! And ECGs (aka EKGs) are NOT always conclusive.
2. Encourage everyone to be their own advocate. If you feel there’s something wrong, demand care. Do not allow yourself to be released from care until you are taken care of. If you need to, search for your symptoms online, research the types of tests that could be done, and ask about them.
Below are:
– Sign and Symptoms of  Heart Attack
– My mother’s story
– Article on woman misdiagnosed as having acid reflux
a. Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attacks. 
Note: People sometimes have similar symptoms to the flu,  or acid reflux, and are misdiagnosed accordingly. Women having heart attacks are often told they’re “you’re just tired” or “you’re just anxious” or “take an antacid”.
 ANY of the signs below, NOT necessarily along with chest pain, can be a sign of a heart attack.
If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away. 
  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
b. My mother’s story:
Roz Guttman here to tell you of my recent heart attack. The reason I am writing this is that I feel women should be aware that we are quite different from men. Our survival rate is different (not so successful in that area, sorry to say), our symptoms are different and as I heard on the radio yesterday, and as I experienced personally, women are not necessarily given the same attention that men receive.
 
So here we go:
 
A few weeks ago on a Thursday evening I started feeling weakness in both arms. Weird.  The next day along with the weakness I felt tightness in my jaw.  These symptoms were infrequent and for the most part I felt fine.  Shabbos morning I told my husband David that I wouldn’t be going to shul, that I needed to sleep, that I was feeling funny again, but to please mention my symptoms to our cardiologist friend, Stan, in shul.
 
David woke me up at 10:30am to say that Stan was downstairs and wanted to ask me a few questions – when did I start feeling this way, what were my symptoms, etc. He insisted that I go to the hospital to be checked out, that it could be nothing but to act on the side of caution.  The ambulance came – took my blood pressure and a cardiogram – all was good but a trip to the hospital would be playing it safe.  So off I went.
 
In emergency, questions were asked again about my symptoms and the tests began: chest x-ray, ultrasound, two cardiograms and two blood tests a few hours apart.  Passed them all.  There was an elevation in my troponin levels. (Troponin is a protein that leaks into the blood when there is damage to the heart muscle).  Normal is around 15-ish ng/l. Mine were in the gray area: 37 in one blood test and 38 on the second.
 
Apparently, with those levels, one can technically be released from the hospital as there wasn’t a significant change in the levels on the two blood tests, so a third test was not technically required (however, when presenting with symptoms of a heart attack, another test three hours later is recommended). Basically, I got a clean bill of health – so by 7:00 p.m. we left the hospital…..BUT…those funny feelings came back on our way out.  I thought – they must be psychosomatic.
 
P.S.  Tuesday came and the symptoms returned with a vengeance.  This time my teeth were hurting, my jaw was tight, the left side of my head was pounding, my arms were extremely weak and I was hyperventilating – BUT NO CHEST PAIN.  David took a look at me and immediately called for an ambulance.  They arrived and took a cardiogram.  I HAD A HEART ATTACK.  This time with sirens blaring I was in the hospital in ten minutes and within minutes I was wheeled to the cath lab and had a stent inserted.100% blockage of my right coronary artery.  I was extremely fortunate, baruch HASHEM. The heart attack and subsequent heart damage could have been prevented if they had taken me more seriously three days before.
 
Sorry for being so long-winded in relating this event. I just want you all to be aware.  The first time I went to the hospital – did the emergency doctor do anything wrong? – no. It was his call to release me and he had followed protocol (the protocols may be insufficient).  Could he have been more tuned-in to my symptoms and have me stay longer for further observation and test my troponin level again a few hours later – absolutely yes. Could they have done an angiogram (like most probably would have been done for men)? Yes again. But I didn’t know to ask.
 
Basically, I’m saying that we should be our own advocate.  Should I have made an about turn when I felt the symptoms recur as I left the hospital the first time – sure  (but they said I was ok to go, right?)
 
Please be aware that heart attacks are more prevalent now and a recent study showed that in the age range 34-55 in women – they are more common than ever.  Studies have shown that women are much less likely to be taken seriously when reporting heart attack symptoms, that women themselves usually wait an hour longer before they decide to go to the hospital, and that women had a 50% higher chance than men of being misdiagnosed following a heart attack.  So be attentive to your pains and if they continue and you are already in the hospital insist on further testing!!!
 
Doctors please listen to what your patients are telling you.  Results of tests – sorry to say, don’t always tell the whole story.
 
Baruch Hashem I am fine.  
 
p.s.  I have and always had low blood pressure and low cholesterol.
         
c. Woman told to take an antacid
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Yom Kipur Schedulle

September 17, 2018
ALL TEPHILLOT AT CHOPIN 3.
Our tephillot this year will be led by Ari and Naftali Abramson; leining by Danny Okun (Shacharit); and divrei Torah by Rabbi Pear.
Tuesday Morning Slichot 8 AM
Tuesday Morning Shacharit 8:15 AM
Tuesday Afternoon Mincha 1:30 PM
Candles 6:05 PM
Kol Nidrei 6:35 PM
Shacharit 8:30 AM
Yizkor 10:45 AM
Kids Programming throughout
Following Musaf a break will take place prior to Mincha. For those interested in remaining in shul, shiurim will be provided:
3:00 – 3:35 PM Rabbi Robert Rhodes on the Aish Kodesh
3:40 – 4:15 PM Peta Pellach on “Mincha: The Offering of the Nefesh”
Mincha 4:15 PM
Neila 5:30 PM
Tkiyat Shofar 7:05 PM
Motzei Yom Kippur 7:17 PM
Following Neilah and Ma’ariv we will once again be hosting a Communal Break Fast to which all are invited.  We thank Rachel and Alan Shuchalter & Sharon and Ian Brown for their generous sponsorship of this event.
Sharon and Ian are sponsoring it in loving memory of Sharon’s mother, Lombi bat Abba.  May the memory of this special woman continue to be a blessing.
Rachel and Alan are sponsoring it in gratitude for the past year of personal celebrations and wishes for the coming year to bring continued blessings to the entire Shir hadash community as well as to all of Klal Yisrael

HaKafot Shniyot

October 15, 2017

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Yom Kippur Seat Assignments

September 28, 2017
Number Men Women
1 Kohlahagen Tamres-Maderer
2 Samuels Jablinowitz
2A Hagba  
3 Pear Lerner
4 Pear Samuels Y”K
5 Engel Kushner (Arlene) Y”K
6 Hesselberg Shaw (Barbara)
7 Edmonds Margulies
8 Henoch Margulies
9 Henoch Lyssy
10 Brown Sacharov
11 Balas Weisz
12 Silver Mandel
13 Okun Feiger
14 Lyssy Bechor
15 Shor Topper
16 Fialkoff Barry
17 Feinerman Miller
18 Topper Suttner
19 Kirshblum Servitz-Varenberg
20 Abramson Goldman (Jackie) Y”K
21 Abramson Rose
22 Abramson Rose
23 Abramson Seiferas Y”K
24 Abramson Sommerville
25 Preminger Straus
26 Gluck Fragiadaki
27 Gluck Parker
28 Passow Groner
29 Green (Michael) Buckman
30 Solomon Pear
31 Lerner Pear
32 Jacob (Shimshon) Pear
33 Kirschenbaum Feinerman
34 Straus Hirsch
35 Ulsan Lawrence (Avigail)
36 Parker Rhodes Y”K
37 Schatzman Rhodes Y”K
38 Schecter (Barry) Brown
39 Stub Brown
40 Shuchalter Brown
41 Shuchalter Brown
42 Shuchalter Brown
43 Gluck Shor
44 Smith (Daniel) Kirshblum
45 Rose Sternlicht
46 Rose Sternlicht
47 Mandel Sternlicht
48 Haberman Elster-Zecher
49 Haberman Abrams (Sharon)
50 Stochinsky Borowich
51 Seiferas Shatzman
52 Seat does not exist Stochinksy/Kingstone Y”K
53 Buckman Stochinsky/Kingstone Y”K
54 Parkes (David) Saban
55 Zecher Henoch-Wolf Y”K
56 Brooks Henoch
57 Farber Preminger
58 Farber Preminger
59 Farber Okun
60 Suttner Grushko
61 Miller Balas (Grushko)
62 Kiliminick Preston
63 Seat does not exist Shuchalter
64 Seligman Shuchalter
65 Margulies (Michael) Moses
66 Varenberg Green (Ruth)
67 Preston Green (Shira)
68 Preston Brooks (Y”K)
69 Green (Ben) Brooks (Y”K)
70 Zucker  
71 Zucker Bardach
72 Nicholls Lurie
73 Bardach Lurie
74 Lunzer Lurie
75 Sommerville (Tamir) Seat does not exist
76 Serenge Bardach
77 Wolf (Gidon) Bardach
78 Wolf (Ari) Elrom
79 Maderer Brenner
80   Passow
81   Kirschenbaum
82   Engel
83   Vogel
84   Kraus
85 Sternlicht Kraus
86 Sternlicht Goldman (Miriam)
87 Sternlicht Gluck
88 Available Gluck
89 Barnatan Zucker/Nicholls
90 Goldman (Sean) Nicholls
91 Meerkin Franklin
92 Meerkin Lee
93 Daube Alexander
94   Parkes Y”K
95   Abadee
96   Pellach
97   Fogel
98   Balint
99 Maisel Ehrenpreis
100 Available Abramson
101 Balas Guest Abramson
102 Elrom Abramson
103 Lurie Abramson
104 Lurie Meerkin
105 Lurie Gershon
106 Lurie Botwinick
107 Kraus (Les)  
108 Kraus (Shmuel)  
109 Goldberg (Aharon)  
110 Fogel (Moshe)  
111 Lawrence

September 19, 2017
Number Men Women
1 Kohlahagen Y”K Tamres-Maderer
2 Samuels Y”K Jablinowitz
2A Hagba  
3 Pear Lerner
4 Pear Ehrenpreis R”H

Samuels Y”K

5 Engel Ehrenpries R”H

Kushner (Arlene) Y”K

6 Hesselberg Shaw (Barbara)
7 Edmonds Margulies
8 Teitz R”H

Henoch Y”K

Margulies
9 Henoch Y”K Lyssy
10 Brown Sacharov
11 Balas Weisz
12 Silver Mandel
13 Okun Feiger
14 Lyssy Bechor
15 Shor Balint Y”K only
16 Fialkoff Barry
17 Feinerman Miller
18 Topper Suttner
19 Kirshblum Servitz-Varenberg
20 Abramson Katch R”H

Goldman (Jackie) Y”K

21 Abramson Rose
22 Abramson Rose
23 Abramson Parkes R”H

Seiferas Y”K

24 Abramson Sommerville
25 Preminger Straus
26 Gluck Fragiadaki
27 Green (Ben) R”H

Gluck Y”K

Parker
28 Passow Groner
29 Green (Michael) Buckman
30 Solomon Pear
31 Lerner Pear
32 Jacob (Shimshon) Pear
33 Seat Doesn’t Exist for R”H

Kirschenbaum (Y”K only)

Feinerman
34 Straus Hirsch
35 Wind (R”H)

Ulsan (Y”K)

Lawrence (Avigail)
36 Parker

 

Wolfe R”H

Rhodes Y”K

37 Schatzman Henoch (Naomi) R”H

Rhodes Y”K

38 Schecter (Barry) Brown
39 Stub Brown
40 Shuchalter Brown
41 Shuchalter Brown
42 Shuchalter YK only Brown
43 Gluck (Y”K only) Shor
44 Smith (Daniel) Kirshblum
45 Rose Sternlicht
46 Rose Sternlicht
47 Mandel Sternlicht
48 Haberman Elster-Zecher
49 Haberman Abrams (Sharon)
50 Stochinsky (Y”K only) Borowich
51 Seiferas (Y”K only) Shatzman
52 Sommerville (Tamir) Wind R”H

Stochinksy/Kingstone Y”K

53 Buckman Wind R”H

Stochinsky/Kingstone Y”K

54 Parkes (David) Saban
55 Zecher Teitz (R”H only)

Henoch-Wolf (Y”K only)

56 Brooks (Y”K only) Henoch
57 Farber Preminger
58 Farber Preminger
59 Farber Okun
60 Suttner Schwartz (Ruthie) R”H

Grushko Y”K

61 Miller Balas (Grushko)
62 Loren (David) R”H only Preston
63 Seat Doesn’t Exist Shuchalter
64 Seligman  

Shuchalter (Y”K only)

65 Margulies (Michael) Moses
66 Preston Green (Ruth)
67 Preston Green (Shira)
68 Preston Loren R”H

Brooks (Y”K)

69 Green (Ben) Y”K Loren R”H

Brooks (Y”K)

70 Zucker  
71 Zucker Bardach
72 Nicholls Lurie
73 Bardach Lurie
74 Lunzer Lurie
75   Seat doesn’t exist
76 Serenge Bardach
77 Wolf (Gidon) Y”K Bardach
78 Wolf (Ari) Y”K Elrom
79 Maderer Brenner
80 For Rosh Hashana, these Passow
81 seats are a table. Kirschenbaum Y”K only
82 Will be set up for Y”K Engel
83 tephillot if necessary. Serenge (R”H)

Vogel (Y”K)

84   Kraus
85 Sternlicht Kraus
86 Sternlicht Goldman (Miriam)
87 Sternlicht Gluck
88 Lawrence (Child) Gluck
89 Barnatan Zucker/Nicholls
90 Goldman (Sean) Nicholls
91 Meerkin Franklin
92 Meerkin Lee
93   Alexander
94 The following chairs will only be set up for Y”K Parkes Y”K
95   Abadee
96   Pellach
97   Fogel
98    
99 Maisel  
100   Abramson
101   Abramson
102 Elrom Abramson
103 Lurie Abramson
104 Lurie Meerkin
105 Lurie Gershon (Y”K only)
106 Lurie Botwinick
107 Kraus (Les)  
108 Kraus (Shmuel)  
109 Goldberg (Aharon)  
110 Fogel (Moshe)  
111 Lawrence

Change of Venue

July 13, 2017

Our lease inside the Synagogue at Cheyl Nashim #4 is coming to an end this summer.  As a result, our gan yeladim will begin meeting at our Chopin #4 location in September (and will remain there until such time its permanent new facility now being constructed is completed).  Shir Hadash’s Friday night minyan, which also met at Cheyl Nashim #4, will continue to meet there until (and including) Friday night July 28th.  Our Friday night minyan will then take a three week break, returning on Friday night, August 26th, at the Pear home, HaPalmach 54/3.  [During those interim weeks, early Shabbat minyanim will be available at our Emek Refaim branch, Emek Refaim #45].


tikun leil

May 28, 2017

SHIR HADASH TIKUN LEIL