by Grace aka costofcollege
A 46-year old woman awoke suddenly before dawn feeling “kind of funny”, and then ran to the bathroom to throw up. Her husband insisted on taking her to the emergency room because he thought she could be having a heart attack. It turns out he saved her life.
Don’t think it can’t happen to you and don’t trust your instincts.
I would tell you to trust your instincts — except in this case my instinct was to chalk up my symptoms to something else and to worry about whether the doctors and nurses would think I was crazy. So I’ll say don’t trust your instincts, if your instincts are to wait and see what happens. When you just don’t feel right, don’t ignore it. Fredi says that 9 out of 10 women with my symptoms would not have gone to the hospital. I wouldn’t have gone either, if it weren’t for Tim.
Many women have no chest pain, no tightness, no pain in the arm or jaw until it is much too late. Many women suffering a heart attack simply “don’t feel right,” just as I did. So if that happens, don’t ignore the feeling and don’t worry about someone thinking you’re crazy. Get yourself checked out. The worst thing that happens is they send you home and tell you you’re fine. You can live with that.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has thought about similar scenarios, and hopes to make the right decision if a heart attack, stroke, or other calamity strikes. I can relate to the woman in this article. Once while on a tropical island vacation I woke up in the middle of the night with severe pain in one arm. Although I considered that I might be having a heart attack, I ultimately decided not to go to the hospital. It turned out to be the right choice, but I could have been deadly wrong.
Have you ever wavered in deciding whether to rush to the emergency room? How did it turn out? Do you feel confident about knowing how to react to the symptoms of heart disease, the “No. 1 killer of women in the United States”? What lessons have you learned from the experiences of family or friends? Any advice to share?