Patient Comments: Heart Attack - Diagnosis


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Comment from: billy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I was a 50 years old truck driver. I was lying on my side in bed at a hotel and got what felt like a cramp in my chest. It would go away for few minutes then return. I got cold sweats and it moved up to my jaw. It was 2 am and I called 911 who sent an ambulance to the hotel. The paramedic in the ambulance hooked me up to EKG and immediately tried to start an IV without saying anything. It was a 20 minute ride to the nearest hospital, they rushed right in, hooked me up to an EKG, and said I was having a heart attack. I was rushed to the lab where they installed 2 stents in two separate places in the same artery. One place was 100 percent blocked and another place behind it with a 90 percent blockage. Calling 911 saved my life. I didn't think it was a heart attack but I was wrong; thanks to the cardiologist for saving my life.

Comment from: knucklehead, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 13

I felt a little pressure in the center of my chest and elevated breathing for about 20 seconds while walking through an airport early one morning. It went away quickly. Two days later, I was riding my bicycle and the pressure and elevated breathing happened again, this time stronger. But after I stopped and rested, it went away. I assumed it was acid reflux since it was in the center of my chest and not on the left side. Over several days, I realized that whenever I walked 50 yards or more, the pressure and shortness of breath would occur, but would go away when I stopped and rested. I finally told my wife, we went to the emergency room, they ran blood tests, etc. and everything looked fine. I was told to return in 2 days for a stress test. I failed the stress test, they performed an angioplasty, found I had 99% stenosis (blockage) in my right coronary artery. They immediately put a stent in.

Comment from: Subhra, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

Recently one fine morning my heart rate was high. It was around 130 to 140 per minute. In the evening I was admitted to the hospital. They kept me under observation till next day morning. But it was the same till morning. They did all the tests, ECG, echo, T3T4, and chest x-ray. But everything was normal. Later they injected one IV and after that the heart rate came down to normal. Also they prescribed Pan 40, Cordarone, and Betaloc for 2 weeks. They said sometimes it can be because of extra pathways in the heart. So they asked me to see an electrophysiologist. One month back, before this incident, I met with an accident and went for knee ACL surgery. And I was in bed rest and was just starting walking. I was doing knee exercise when it happened.

Comment from: teri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had chest pains, burning and clammy sweating, the pain was severe in the middle of my chest. I went to the emergency room. My ECG was negative but my blood enzymes were elevated so they said I had heart attack and did heart catheterization which showed I had 85% blockage in my widow maker. I had 2 open heart surgeries in 3 days’ time. During my first surgery my pin came out and my heart filled with blood. I had blood clots and had to have transfusion from blood lost. I had machine on me to keep my body temperature warm and was on life support. I died twice, now I'm recovering. I had COPD and was on oxygen before all this happened and I still can't get disability.

Comment from: Betty, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I don't know if it’s a heart attack or not. But I have been having a pain on my right side breast. The pain goes up to my right elbow. It makes it hard to breathe. I kind of need to let my breathing going out slowly.

Comment from: Patti, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I suffered an ischemic stroke to the left side of my brain. There were no lasting effects of the stroke so they began a barrage of testing. The ultrasound of my heart revealed a large blood clot on my right ventricle. This was the cause of the stroke. I have under gone the stress test which revealed the damage the heart attack had done. Two years later, I am on statins as well as aspirin therapy. My father died at 57 from congestive heart failure and had suffered three heart attacks prior to the age of 50. They determined I had a predisposed tendency to have high cholesterol. I have changed my life style and quit smoking but the fear is still there. I remember the pain that I was experiencing when the heart attack was occurring. It was a stabbing pain in the middle of my back that didn't go away for a day. I attributed it to a gall bladder attack which was very similiar and rode it out. I know better now.


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