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    Heart attack symptions don't always follow normal guidelines

    This past Saturday I got up @7, made coffee for wife & myself and sat down @ computer to check news etc. About 7:15 I got this pain in my chest big time right in the center like I'd been hit with a hammer. Walked to bedroom and told wife, and she said lay down maybe it'll go away. So I went to recliner but after about 5 minutes pain was increasing not decreasing. I then googled "heart attack symptoms" and none of them matched what I was experiencing, all I had was severe pain in center of chest right in breastbone area. We both decided I should go to ER. I got my coat on and it was really getting intense by now, and told her "I can't do this" and called 911.
    Ambulance arrived inside of 10min and I met them @ door and told them I would walk to the ambulance and did not want the gurney. Once inside the paramedic hooked up EKG and said yes, you have something going on and off to the hospital we went in severe snowstorm.
    Our local hospital is not equipped for heart issues and they wanted to have me medivac transferred to St Marys in Duluth. But because of weather, choppers were not flying. So on to Duluth (65mi) in snowstorm by ambulance we went.
    When we finally arrived, the coronary people were at the door and in less then 3 min I was in the cath lab. I don't think I've ever gone that fast on a gurney in my life. The coordination of everyone involved was amazing.
    10 minutes later I had a 20mm stent in my heart. All other arteries were clear.

    Bad news is I do have some heart damage and will have to be on blood thinners for a year....bummer.

    Good news is I was released Monday morning when I was not scheduled until Wednesday AND this won't mess up my fly in moose hunt this fall...yeah

    I've become a legend on the cardiac floor as the only person that walked to the ambulance and googled heart attack symptoms while having one. So many of the nurses came in asking me "did you really do that while having a heart attack?"

    All this stuff on the net that gives you instructions on what to do was worthless to me. So be aware that heart attacks don't read the internet and do their own thing.
    When the doctor came to see me on Sunday I told him I can't believe this happened to me. He said I was saying to same thing to him in the cath lab Saturday.
    Nothing is impossible......for the person that don't have to do it !!

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    My daughter and SIL worked in the ER at University of Maryland Shock Trama. It is amazing what they can do to save lives. I'm glad you made it. Serious health issues in a rural setting can spell bad news.
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    glad you are ok! most women don't get chest pains, they hurt in there back. my daddy had years of heart problems, I know all about them. he would hurt in his jaw and elbow and sometimes in the chest. yes the pain is not always on the left side. in fact your heart is more in the center of your chest,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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    Wow! Happy to see you made it! Never! I repeat never drive yourself to hospital!
    Just one stint, very good is it in your main artery?

    prayers for a full recovery.

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    When getting symptoms of a Heart Attack, Take a Bayer Aspirin and start Coughing, (the coughing acts as compression on your chest.) if pain persist call 911.
    Your best friend will now be a Cardiologist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun56 View Post
    Wow! Happy to see you made it! Never! I repeat never drive yourself to hospital!
    Just one stint, very good is it in your main artery?

    prayers for a full recovery.

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    No. it was actually in the left front of my heart
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    Wow. Hate that happened, but sure glad you are ok and received excellent care.
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    I'm glade your ok! That sound's pretty scary!
    Health is so important. I'm taking better care of myself these day.
    I'm 56 I take no medication's and have never been overweight in my life!
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    Bucky,

    Glad that worked out for you.

    Just about any severe, sudden onset chest, neck, or arm pain lasting for 5 minutes or more should be considered cardiac.

    What you found online should have told you to chew one adult or two cardiac aspirins. (After 5 minute's pain.)

    Don't drive yourself to the hospital. You could pass out or worse.

    Ambulance personnel should have given you nitroglycerin. And they certainly should have at the first hospital ED. From now on, you should have some at home. And keep it fresh--it deteriorates quickly.



    The reason you are on blood thinners is because of the stent. You don't want that to clot off.

    No reason for you not to be able to keep your appointment with that moose.

    And don't miss your follow up appointments with your cardiologist. It's not about how you feel, it's about what they're looking for.

    All the best! You've been very fortunate.
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