A heart attack victim who thought she had merely strained a back muscle has warned of the deceptive symptoms of cardiac arrest.
“I want to warn women our heart attacks feel different,” she began.
“Last Sunday I had a heart attack. I had a 95 per cent block in my left anterior descending artery.
“I’m alive because I called 911.”
I want to warn women our heart attacks feel different. Last Sunday I had a heart attack. I had a 95% block in my left anterior descending artery. I’m alive because I called 911. I never had chest pain. It wasn’t what you read in pamphlets. I had it off & on for weeks.
— gwheezie (@geewheezie) December 9, 2018
The US woman said she “never” felt any chest pain, and didn’t recognise any other symptoms from pamphlets at doctor’s offices.
“I almost died because I didn’t call it chest pain,” she said.
In fact, she’d had the pain “off and on” for weeks without realising what it was.
Deceptively, the pain wasn’t in her chest where her heart sits, but in her upper back, causing her to think it was just a “muscle strain”.
“The pain ran across my upper back, shoulder blades & equally down both arms.
“It felt like burning and aching. I actually thought it was muscle strain.
“It wasn’t until I broke into drenching sweat & started vomiting that I called 911.”
The woman explained that because she’d been helping her neighbour clean out her barn, she thought she’d pulled a muscle.
After more than a week of feeling the pain, she thought about visiting the doctor, but put it off “because it wasn’t real bad”.
Her story struck a chord with many social media users, who shared their own stories of missing the initial symptoms of heart attacks.
This is the EXACT same thing that happened to my mother less than 2 weeks ago! Upper back pain for days until it got so intense she had to call an ambulance. Had a major heart attack and lucky to be alive! 2 stents placed and out in 4 days ????
— Jamie Shepard (@JamieShep) December 10, 2018