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chelea
June 27th, 2018, 12:17 PM
I spent yesterday in the hospital.
Sunday I felt a little pressure in the middle of my chest. It lasted about 20 min and passed so I didn't think much of it.
Monday night it happened again, except it went on for 2 hours. I was scared so took myself to the hospital. The ER doc said I did exactly the right thing.
After lots of tests, turns out it wasn't cardiac. But if I ignored my vague symptom and it WAS my heart, it could have been deadly.

From the American Heart Association:

Heart Attack Signs in Women

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.
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
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.
If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

It was scary and a wake up call to take better care of myself. I need to exercise more and eat better. I know we hear this all the time but it does prevent conditions that require medications to treat.

nativetexan
June 27th, 2018, 01:03 PM
yes, but what was it? I tend to get pains and take deep breaths and slowly blow them out. seems to help. maybe i just needed more Oxygen.... who knows? glad you were all right.

chelea
June 27th, 2018, 01:17 PM
I need more tests but they suspect it's gastric reflux. Chest pain could be a lot of things; gastric, lung disease, gallbladder, hiatal hernia, anxiety. The point is to not ignore it; get checked out.

Hulamoon
June 27th, 2018, 01:39 PM
I had something like that and it turned out to be some scar tissue in my left lung. I had bronchitis not long before that so it was probably from all the coughing. The CAT scan and other tests showed nothing. The doc said to breath deeper.

It's good you went in at least for piece of mind. I hope all your test come out clear.

Midge
June 27th, 2018, 01:42 PM
Glad to hear you went to the ED to be checked out. It's the smart thing to do. Now you know, and you can get to the bottom of the problem. A relief for sure.

Caroline T.
June 27th, 2018, 01:44 PM
Chelea, I'm so glad that this episode wasn't cardiac related, and grateful to you for sharing the AHA's warning signs.

However there is one thing I feel compelled to address; The ER doctor told you that you "did exactly the right thing"? There was one thing that you did that you shouldn't have done, and that is to drive yourself to the hospital!

The AHA's list that you posted above, has one more line, and that is: "If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away."

As an additional reminder to all, pay attention to the warning signs, but please please please, don't drive yourself to the hospital. Call 911 for an ambulance, at minimum then you'll have trained and equipped help much sooner than if you drive yourself, and worst case if you go into a full fledge heart attack while driving, that can turn deadly not only for you, but for other drivers and their passengers on the road.

JCY
June 27th, 2018, 03:50 PM
Correct! If you arrive at the ER in an ambulance, you get immediate intervention. If you drive yourself, you may have to wait awhile. It's good you got checked out. Reflux can mimic some of the heart symptoms. You can do a lot to help yourself by changing your diet. Look up diet for gastroesophageal reflux. I would avoid going on a reflux Rx or OTC reflux med unless absolutely necessary, & then only for a short period of time. They can cause one's teeth to hurt. I speak from experience. I was taking a low dose of generic Zantac, once daily. I've also had patients at the hosp. who told me the same thing when they took Protonix. All medications, even vitamins, have side effects. Michele ~ Do you take Ibuprofen or NSAIDS? These can cause heartburn. I hope you feel better soon.

birdscraps
June 27th, 2018, 04:25 PM
Scary! Glad you are doing better! Hope you get a resolution soon!

midnightline
June 27th, 2018, 05:27 PM
Correct! If you arrive at the ER in an ambulance, you get immediate intervention. If you drive yourself, you may have to wait awhile.

Emergency Room personnel prioritize people by how serious the problem is, not by how you get there (though more serious problems tend to require an ambulance ride). That having been said, if you are concerned about a heart attack, don't drive! If you are having one, then you definitely need the assistance of trained medical professionals, plus you can get into an accident if you lose consciousness. Ambulances can also bypass traffic, possibly shaving off time that can be crucial to improving the outcome.

Monique
June 27th, 2018, 05:45 PM
Glad it wasn't cardiac, but I do hope they find the cause.

GuitarGramma
June 27th, 2018, 08:13 PM
Correct! If you arrive at the ER in an ambulance, you get immediate intervention. If you drive yourself, you may have to wait awhile. It's good you got checked out. Reflux can mimic some of the heart symptoms. You can do a lot to help yourself by changing your diet. Look up diet for gastroesophageal reflux. I would avoid going on a reflux Rx or OTC reflux med unless absolutely necessary, & then only for a short period of time. They can cause one's teeth to hurt. I speak from experience. I was taking a low dose of generic Zantac, once daily. I've also had patients at the hosp. who told me the same thing when they took Protonix. All medications, even vitamins, have side effects. Michele ~ Do you take Ibuprofen or NSAIDS? These can cause heartburn. I hope you feel better soon.
I was put on a similar medication when we lived in Australia, a Proton Pump Inhibitor (went by another name over there). I was one of four people in Australia who developed an Upper Respiratory Infection every time they put me on the PPI. My primary care physician, a woman, believed me, but the specialist, a man, didn't. I finally had to bring my husband to the specialist to convince the guy that this was a consistent reaction for me. For Pete's sake, it was one of the documented warnings, but the male doc wouldn't believe me.

I have refused ever since to take a Proton Pump Inhibitor.

Chelea, I'm so glad you're OK. What a scary experience!

Ginny B
June 27th, 2018, 10:33 PM
CheIea, I was in the Er a few weeks ago for the same symptoms. They ran all sorts of test and determined it wasn't cardiac It is a hiatal hernia. Did they give you any sort of medication? I'm glad it wasn't your heart. Take it easy and Feel better.

KarenC
June 27th, 2018, 10:39 PM
Glad to hear that you are doing well now.

JCY
June 28th, 2018, 12:26 AM
My DH swears taking Prilosec messed up his GI track & affected his bowel function. I also heard recently that people who have been taking reflux meds over a long period of time are developing dementia, since the meds interfere with absorption of Vit. B-12.

14margarette
June 28th, 2018, 12:29 AM
I hope that it won't happen again, I am glad to know that you are fine.

Anitamae56
June 28th, 2018, 12:44 AM
So glad it wasn't your heart and glad you went on to have it checked.

kayj
June 28th, 2018, 08:54 AM
Hope you find the source of the pain soon. Thank you for the symptom reminder.

SuzanneOrleansOntario
June 28th, 2018, 09:11 AM
I am glad that you are ok and that you are being followed for possible problem.

Absolutely good advise. Especially not to drive yourself. Either way you get to ER, you will be assessed and prioritized, and if your situation gets worse while you wait, you will jump the queue.

Star lover
June 28th, 2018, 09:12 AM
Wow, scary......so thankful you're OK. Hoping it doesn't happen again!