Originally Posted by ffemtny
And most importantly if your having symptoms of an MI, chest pain/ pressure esp. with radiation, nausea and vomitting, sweating, shortness of breath etc. don't delay in getting eval. Call 911, take Asprin 324mg chewable if not allergic, enjoy the ride and be prepared to be the center of attention for a bit. I say this not only as a Nurse/EMT-CC, and Paramedic student, but as someone who has seen his dad almost die because he denied having a heart attack until he collapsed. Have also seen people die in front of me from "indigestion". There is a saying in health care, "time is myocardium". Meaning your the longer you go without treatment , the more damage that is done to your heart. If it is indigestion at least you'll get a script for it and no one will think any less of you for calling an ambulance and going to E.R..
I wish some doctors would take more note of symptoms; hubby had shortness of breath, pain (chest and arms), felt unwell generally, had a really bad nausea episode without vomiting...and all of it was overlooked by one doctor. The shortness of breath had been going on for weeks. He had a heart attack 3 days before he saw another doctor and thankfully the guy was on the ball and had him admitted immediately, unlike the doctors before him.
One specialist was amazed that he'd survived the heart attack considering his age and health (renal patient etc); but, we put it down to the fact that he had been exercising as regularly as he could before the episode and just maybe that helped a bit.
I've heard stories of people seeing the doctor being told they're fine and then walking out into the carpark, next to the surgery, and having a heart attack. It's just beyond belief that they don't appear to even pick up on the symptoms when many have the exact same symptoms of breathlessness etc.
Then, as you say, there's the other side where people think it's just indigestion and they continue to ignore it for days and then have a heart attack; I know someone that experienced that as well.