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General · 12th March 2011
FEMALE HEART ATTACKS (Myocardial infarction).

I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read and I would like to share it. Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack?

Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack. "I had a heart attack at about 10:30 PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly and warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting book.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, like I had swallowed a golf ball and it was going down my esophagus in slow motion. That was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 PM.
After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE and gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone). This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. I said aloud to myself and the cat, 'Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack'!

I managed to get to the phone and call 911. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

Luckily for me the ER was close and the doctor efficient.”

We lost my cousin’s wife to a heart attack after a year and a half of her being treated for indigestion. So I would like you to remember the story teller’s advice:

Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms. It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call 911 if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!