Dawn, age 49, USA: I felt an ache in my left shoulder blade. These symptoms came and went until I ended up in hospital and had four stents implanted. Gloria, age 63, Canada: I also had numbness in my right shoulder radiating down my arm and felt as if the arm suddenly became weighted. Later, the same symptoms were manifested in my left shoulder and arm.
Chest pain stayed, but the numbness in both arms gradually went away. This was replaced with blinding pain in between my shoulder blades. Once started, the back pain only got worse. I could no longer sit, stand, lie down or walk around. The pain was so intense it took my breath away. I remember thinking that these were signs that you could be having a heart attack. These events took place between 4 p. It took three days to stabilize me before I could be flown to the cardiac centre in Victoria, where I had an angioplasty done with two stents implanted.
The previous two months had been unbearably stressful. I would get out of breath walking, but I just put that down to steep hills in town. Maybe someone will read this and decide not to wait as long as I did. Diane, USA, heart attack at age I had just turned 33 the month before it happened. I put my 3-month old baby to sleep in her crib, checked on my older daughter and went to the living room to relax before heading to bed myself. My first symptom was like a fist in the center of my chest, pushing and squeezing to get out. The pain felt as though someone was gripping me inside right in the center of the sternum and squeezing until I could hardly breathe.
My left arm hurt from the shoulder to the elbow, then stopped and picked up hurting at my wrist into my hand. I started feeling very sick to my stomach and vomited until there was nothing left, but still continued retching. I was sweating like crazy. I woke up my husband, and told him I thought I was having a heart attack, but not really believing that was happening because I had no clue what the symptoms of a heart attack were.
While waiting for the ambulance, I went from abnormal sweating to freezing cold. I spent 15 days in hospital. I had just given birth three months prior, but even during the pregnancy and afterwards, I had been getting that same feeling in my chest off and on. My second heart attack happened 10 years ago when I was I was having ongoing problems with unstable angina so I had to have a stent implanted. The day after I came home from hospital, I walked into my living room and all of a sudden, I had this overwhelming feeling that something was terribly wrong.
I told my husband to call In hospital, they stabilized me and sent me to another hospital, where a cardiologist attempted to open up the new stent that had just been implanted. It had closed up, causing another heart attack. I went into cardiac arrest twice. I am now 56 and in need of bypass surgery for another blockage in the circumflex artery which they are unable to stent. Since I am not having symptoms, they are holding off on it, to my relief. Kathi, age 55, USA: I had intense nausea and began vomiting and having bouts of rampant diarrhea in between.
When I got to the hospital, the cardiologist found my LAD had collapsed without any coronary artery disease. While he was implanting two stents, he caused a hole in my artery, so had to put in a third stent. I believe that my heart attack was caused by stress and by an overdose of a variety of hormones prescribed for my chronic fatigue syndrome. I am very aware of my body and what goes on with it.
Monica, USA, heart attack at age But my first real symptom was at 5 a. I felt like I was being strangled, pain spreading into my throat and ears. The pain literally felt like 10, elephants sitting on my chest. In the ER, because of my young age and the fact that I weighed only pounds soaking wet, they thought I was a drug user.
I spent two days being stabilized before having a stent implanted, but instead of the stent, I was taken straight in for emergency bypass surgery. My heart now has severe damage to the left lower chamber. Last spring, 10 years after my heart attack, I had to go back into hospital to have an implantable cardiac defibrillator ICD put into my chest. Allie, age 51, USA: My first symptom in January was incredible fatigue. I was sitting in bed, watching TV and could suddenly no longer even hold my head up. The next day began six weeks of on-and-off symptoms of nausea, dizziness, back pain in my left shoulder blade which eventually began to radiate through to my chest , profuse night sweats and feelings of being intolerably hot.
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I began having panic attacks my first ever , feelings of doom, and severe anxiety. After a while, it seemed to hurt all the way through my body to my chest with that same soreness and knot feeling. My symptoms were not related to exertion. When I went to the hospital, I had to have emergency open heart surgery for a triple bypass.
But almost immediately after my bypass surgery, the bypass grafts began to fail. My throat felt full, and it was hard to swallow. My left jaw ached like a dull toothache, or maybe having a piece of popcorn stuck. Any activity or emotional stress brought on chest, neck and jaw pain, but other symptoms came on without any reason.
These symptoms came and went for over two months and were ignored by my cardiologist because he said they were different than pre-bypass. Finally, I was correctly diagnosed and had two stents implanted to open the failed bypass grafts. Two new blockages remain. I had symptoms of this even before my cardiac symptoms began — which I ignored.
Misty, age 26, USA: I went to sleep, but woke up to this weird constricting feeling in my lower throat, like I had a lump of something stuck there. The feeling went down to my upper chest and continued down to the lower chest area. I then started to get a slight pain that felt like acid relux. I started to feel faint so I woke up my husband. I was sweating profusely, nauseated, had the chills and felt faint.
It had exploded and made a tear in one of my heart valves, allowing blood to flow through the layers and squeeze the valve. I have also had an ICD Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator placed because my heart muscle has not healed the way they wanted it to.
Now I can see all these issues as cardiac problems and not just pregnancy. Joyce, age 60, USA: He handed me a nitroglycerin tablet to put under my tongue. I had extreme shortness of breath but felt no pain that I remember. I had had some symptoms in the weeks before, such as tightness in the chest and extreme pain in my left shoulder blade. I also had these same symptoms months earlier, but dismissed them as just a pulled muscle after lifting heavy luggage. Even my doctor thought I had pleurisy or a virus, but sent my EKG with an unusual T-wave to the cardiologist who wanted me to come in for the stress test.
Kim, age 52, USA: When the paramedics arrived, they gave me nitroglycerin which eased the symptoms temporarily. In hospital, I had to have two stents implanted and spent two days in ICU because of low blood pressure. Amy, heart attack at age 28, USA: I was told it was the baby kicking my diaphragm. These symptoms continued for two years, off and on, usually brought on by exertion.
After pregnancy, I was told it was exercise-induced asthma, then pleurisy. By this time, even walking across the room or watching something emotional on TV like a Hallmark commercial! I was taken to hospital, but during my angiogram, I had a massive heart attack on the table. I had to be transferred to another hospital and had an emergency double bypass. The balloon pump did quite a bit of damage to my arteries during the transfer. Kimber, age 46, USA: It immediately took my breath away and knocked me backwards about feet. I also had an intense drilling pain under my left funny bone. The symptoms did not let up.
At the time, I was just sitting at my desk. My first heart attack was on May7th and my second was on May 22nd. Gill, age 49, UK: Then doctors attempted a stent placement, which failed and I was sent home the same day with a small dissection tear which I was told would heal by itself.
But two days after the dissection, while watching TV, I had increasingly unstable angina, unresponsive to nitroglycerin, with sweating and nausea. I went to the ER where I had a bigger heart attack, with crushing pain, pain radiating up into my throat and tongue, nausea, vomiting and sweating, plus pain in my left arm. These symptoms came and went, in between different drugs they were giving me. A further angio showed that the dissection had not healed but extended, and the artery was full of blood clots.
I was then sent immediately by ambulance with police escort to a cardiac unit a couple of counties away, where I had four stents implanted. Nancy, age 44, USA: I lay down and felt better. That was the day before more heart attack symptoms started after some heavy exertion, again due to SCAD. I think the artery must have torn a bit that Sunday, but it was not yet severe. The next morning my theory the tear extended after physically demanding exertion, then I had the heart attack. Do not engage in physical exertion until cleared that your heart is ok.
I was taken to another hospital where the dissection was discovered and I received two stents. Two days later, two more stents were implanted for an intractable spasm of the left anterior descending coronary artery LAD. I thought it was just from exertion or allergies. It felt like your chest and breathing might feel when you exercise in very cold weather. Erna, age 49, USA: But the pain started radiating into my shoulder and after this into my back. There was no pain in my chest. I thought it was time to quit, and I did some meditation.
I had no memory of anything else until the next morning, when I awoke and felt awful. I could not breathe, my back hurt, and I felt like throwing up but could not. The symptoms got steadily worse and I called The firefighters and paramedics who responded knew right away that it was a heart attack when they saw my EKG. I was sent by helicopter to a different hospital where I had three stents implanted. It was very scary. Corby, age 51, USA: I also ignored the pain in the back — even months before, generally when I was feeling stressed.
I had swelling in the hands and feet, was out of breath climbing stairs — I thought it was just the cold air. These came and went. My head and arms broke out into a cold sweat and felt clammy. I was driving myself to work and decided to pull into the ER on the way. I had emergency bypass surgery for a blockage in my left anterior descending coronary artery LAD with a mammary artery graft. This week, six years later, I just got out of the hospital again with a blood clot in my lung.
I thought at first I was having another heart attack. The symptoms were crushing pain to the chest and numbness in the arm, a clammy feeling, cough, low grade temp. Thank you to the 22 women who generously shared these compelling survivor stories here. This article was re-published on KevinMD.
Well, while vomiting I experienced a sudden and intense sharp pain across my chest, both arms went very weak, cold sweats and instant fatigue. I was told I probably pulled a muscle from coughing. This intensifies when I am really stressed. This morning I got heartburn really badly and the pain came back in my arm….
Bottom line, should I continue to be concerned? Go get a second opinion. For 4 days I have been having upper right back pain and up to the neck. I cannot turn my head left. I thought that it was maybe just a pulled muscle. Tonight I woke up with more severe back and neck pain and now pain in my elbow and a tingling all the way down my right arm and to my fingers.
It hurts for me to try and get out of bed. Not having any chest pain. I need some answers. Do I need to go to the ER? If the symptoms do not ease up if you take a muscle-relaxant, call your doctor. Sounds similar to me when I had to have surgery on my neck. My neck and back hurt and my right arm tingled all the way down to my fingertips … I was able to move my head, but had limited mobility. I ended up having a cervical discectomy with fusion and fixation. I have been having what I think is heartburn that is really frequent accompanied by a persistent pain like muscle spasms behind my left shoulder blade and it radiates under my left breast area.
Needless to say, none of this has helped my symptoms. I am scared to death that there is something going on that no one is listening. Does anyone have any suggestions? Have you asked your family doctor for a referral to a cardiologist? Have you been referred to an internal medicine specialist to rule out acid reflux? Are you generally prone to anxiety? I know this from experience. I have two stents. My dad and my brother also had heart attacks at age My mom was short of breath and went to the doctor, her EKG was normal… she has two stents. I am now 54 years old… I am currently wearing a Holter monitor for 21 days and will then have another nuclear stress test and an echocardiogram.
Over the past six weeks or so I have had a couple of episodes that have been disturbing. I get this sensation in the center but kind of toward the left just under my breast that causes intense pain. I have also been short of breath and my heart beat seems to be irregular. The chest pain is currently under my left breast.
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Thank you for this website! Hi Susan — sorry you are experiencing these distressing symptoms.
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Good luck to you. Since the pain is spreading, he talked me into heading in. The trick now is getting him to go to a doctor!! Kylie, get your hubby to read this. Men can be just as stubborn as women are when it comes to being in denial about cardiac symptoms. Firefighters are high risk for heart attacks because of the hazards they are exposed to and the stress of fighting a fire.
As I read the stories I realize Im not alone with my symptoms being over looked. Right now I sit here with tight chest and pain in my left arm and in my elbow that comes and goes; early this week I was having pain in my left and right legs. Im sick and tired of being sent home. Plus I have high blood pressure and overweight and a smoker with so much stress in my life. I just develped the tightness in my chest. The inhaler is not working that well. My name is Laurie I am 40, recently. I progressed heart disease with no option of bypass or stents. Reading everyones stories gives me some hope.
Recently I have had the pains in my elbows, well actually anytime I get upset along with the chest pains and fatigue. What does the elbow pain signify, I had this again today it has been coming and going. My only chance of survival is heart transplant and as for now Im still not on the list.
I will be asking about the provisional list.. I am so glad that I found this site. Now I know that I am not alone dealing with heart disease. I learn more each time that I read the stories here. The sharing gives me courage and hope. Thank you… I have been feeling discomfort on my right side but nothing serious. I have been under much stress being layed off for a year and living in the worst city for employment St.
I make jewelry and paint and have made my hobbies into work. Thanks for your comment here, Debby. Having no health insurance is an American tragedy. Do not hesitate, however, to go to the E. Good luck to you…. If you have chest pain go to an ER right away and when you arrive tell them immediately that you are having chest pain. You can sort that out later. You need to be checked out by a doctor to see what type of heart issue you have.
Do not diagnosis yourself. Stress can give you symptoms which are similar to a heart attack. It could be a symptom of a cardiac event. Best wishes for the new year! If I truly have that stent in my heart my system will attack it the moment I stop taking it. Hi, I had a heart attack December 2, , when I made up my mind to got help it appears I had been having it for nearly 24 hours. I never had chest pains of any kind but I had a cough. I survived a heart attack or they say I did. From time to time I will pick up a lung infection because I smoked with asthma. During the night I got up with a very heavy cough and very short winded.
I spent the rest of the night throwing up, it eased up around 7: I was awake but they carried me into the ER; what I thought was a bad asthma attack was a heart attack. The doctor stepped out of the room for a minute to get some test results and came right back to tell me I was having a massive heart attack. He said he needed to do a coronary angioplasty asap to assess the damage and do what ever repair was needed. We discussed the form of anesthesia I would be given, then I coded. My cardiologist said because of how long I had been having the AMI that my heart had suffered a large amount of damage.
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