Heart attack!

One minute I was walking in the house from my PT session and the next minute I had chest pain that brought me to my knees.

That damn elephant was sitting on my chest too and there was a strange pain radiating into both sides of my face.  I was nauseous and for the first time in my life I felt very mortal.

The main area of pain was behind my breast bone.  It flipping hurt.

I was terrified and so was my husband who started to throw his clothes on as quickly as he could.

The pain started to lessen enough that I was able to go into my bathroom but then it started again and I knew this was turning into a trip to the ER.

Heart attack symptoms in women are nothing like the symptoms that men get, of course not.  That would be too easy.

Memorize this, better yet copy and paste this and keep it where you can see it if the big one ever comes to pay you a visit.

  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.

I had every thing but the shortness of breath.  I was positive I was having a heart attack.

I wasn’t.

Every second counts, know the symptoms.

Never ignore these symptoms ever.  Go to the ER get checked out.  Yes, chest pain will buy you an overnight, but it is better to be cautious than to go home and die.

I did have a CT of my heart before heading home.  Blessedly it showed I have no heart issues at all.  I have one coronary artery that has narrowed but it’s my right coronary artery and the narrowing is not an issue.

Now I get to tease my husband that I have a better heart than he does and I do.  His previous bad boy behavior from the days he owned a night club and inhaled second hand smoke not to mention Grand Slam breakfasts with his crew caught up with him.  He had a double bypass almost two years ago and almost died.  Yes, my heart is better than his but this isn’t a contest.  His is repaired thank God mine did not need to be repaired.

What was it?  No one really knows.  It could be costochondritis from radiation therapy I had when I was treated for breast cancer.  It could be GI distress.

All I know is this, it wasn’t a heart attack BUT it could have been.

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