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    been there and did that 3 times. never any pain just pressure in the chest area and jaw pain.

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    Thank you - this has already left my mailbox to ten ladies.

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    thank for helping to save lives..

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1jan
    The other symptom I am having is insomnia, and temporary loss of memory.

    If you ever feel ANYTHING abnormal about your health, please go to the emergency room or see a Doctor immediately.

    I know there is a reason that this happened to me, I just haven't been able to figure it out yet.

    I went from $75,000. to $10,000 a year just because of this. I honestly don't want anyone else to have this problem!

    Good luck and God Bless everyone!
    i want to share my dad's story. he called me one day and said "why didn't you tell me sarah got engaged?"(my DD)?

    "don't be silly dad, you were the first to know.."

    called my brother and said "dad is losong it" brother told me, he got confused on a dinner date with them too. thought maybe beginning dementia.
    then he went in the hopital for heart surgery..he was reading the newspaper, and threw it on the floor in disgust..said he could not see the print. i rang the nurse,told them the different things that had happened lately. they did whatever test they do for checking for stroke. sure enough..he had small strokes.

    i felt bad that the first signs of memory loss..i figured it was beginning of dementia or like diseases.
    if it is out of the norm..get checked out!

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    Thank you

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    Thanks, I am going to send this to all the femals I know.:)

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    Was recently at hosp. for mamogram check up and told the tech I didn't think I could stand for the rest of the test. She suggested I go and see my primary care phys.( My insurance provider requires everything go throuhg primary care provider) Short ride. When I got there my pulse was 44. She sent me directly to ER for admisssion. They hooked me up to monitors and stared drawing blood. My pulse dropped to 27 with flat lines in between beats...too long flat lines. Put on pads for the paddles(if they were needed). Next day they transferred me to CMC in Manchester and finally put in a pacemaker. Back home and feel better EXCEPT for the horrible headaches(over a week). Keep taking Tylenol but it doesn't stay away. Might be allergic reaction to something they used...I have tons of allergies. I am glad you are better and hope I will soon be better.

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    Thanks so much for this informative and interesting piece. I've sent it on to all my friends.

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    With my heart attack I woke up from an afternoon nap with my left leg hurting and when I lookedat my foot it was blue.Thought it fell asleep and got up and stubbled to the BR, felt funny, then like throwing up. Called my husband in other room (never heard me before) and said I think I am having a Heart attack he said no way and I passed out and remember the Emt's in my Bedroom. My heart was 99% blocke and I had two stents put in the front valve.. 2 years ago and now I only tire easily. - J.

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    With my heart attack I woke up from an afternoon nap with my left leg hurting and when I lookedat my foot it was blue.Thought it fell asleep and got up and stubbled to the BR, felt funny, then like throwing up. Called my husband in other room (never heard me before) and said I think I am having a Heart attack he said no way and I passed out and remember the Emt's in my Bedroom. My heart was 99% blocke and I had two stents put in the front valve.. 2 years ago and now I only tire easily. - J.

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    Sorry about the double post. -- J

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    Frightening but thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you for the information, it's very important to read this.

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    thanks for this info

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    GOOD ADVICE! From my own experience: I have a number of risk factors for heart attack and a few months back woke with a pain in the middle of my back. I awoke my son, washed down an aspirin and went to the local ER. Although I did not have a heart attack, the symptoms were similar and a small "something" was located in my heart. I now add a cholesterol pill to my regimen and return for another look-see in the fall. I'd rather know than not!

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    I would just like to add don't wait for the pain in the jaw I have had 2 heart attacks and never experienced jaw pain. For me it is always arm and shoulder pain that radiates to back and accross shoulder blades and cold sweats. I almost always have these same symptons sometimes not the sweating and sometimes have dry heaves. I have had 2 heart attacks and lost track of stints but over 17. Now have pacemaker and feeling better

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    Four years ago this month, my husband called to me from the bathroom - he was on the floor, I tried to help him and couldn't, so I immediately called 911 and an ambulance was there within minutes. They got him to ER and he got the necessary meds within 3 hr. of the stroke happening. The doctor told me later that his was a case that they would talk about in medical circles for a long time as the drug worked exactly as it should. It was amazing to watch him come back. He passed away about 6 months later from a combination of problems, kidney and heart failure and Alzheimers. But the drug really does work!!

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    Thank you so much for this information.

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    Thank you for sharing stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grocifer
    I apologize for the length of this post but it is important. I send this as a response to jrharrys earlier thread on her close escape.

    This is not my own personal experience but I was a ER nurse in my younger day and thought this was well worth sending on.
    I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read. Also Stroke symptoms can be viewed at the end.

    Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack, You know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.


    NURSE'S HEART ATTACK EXPERIENCE
    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 & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

    A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time, drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach.
    This was my initial sensation---the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00 p..m.

    After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).

    This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack"!

    I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else ... But, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.

    I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics ... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts.. 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.

    I unlocked the door and then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to
    hold open my right coronary artery.

    'I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints.
    'Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.'

    1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). 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 the Paramedics 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!

    2. Note that I said
    'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road. Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road. Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be notified later.

    3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MI's are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there.

    Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.

    Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive..

    If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


    A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends this to 10 people, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.


    Now for the Stroke Symptoms --

    S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
    T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
    (i.e. It is sunny out today.)
    R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
    S` Stick out Your Tongue If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the
    other,that is also an indication of a stroke.

    A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally . He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
    I am not a medical proffesional- I need to add to the stroke list! If a person is speaking, but not making sense, DIAL 911! It saved me, but my dear BIL had no one near who recognized this, so I lost one of my best friends needlessly! At the very least, you could identify what they call TIA, and save a life!!!!!

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    Hi,
    Excellent information in this post. Thank you! How do I send JUST your info to my email so that I can forward it to a number of my friends.
    Thanks for your help.
    westies

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeckyL
    My neighbors 63 yer old apparently healthy SIL complained of jaw pain, went to bed and never woke. They are on the way to the funeral as I write this.
    My 37 year old sister just died from this very thing on May 19th. The doctors sent her home from the ER twice, said it was anxiety attacks and there was nothing wrong with her. The third time she didn't make it into the ER doors.

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    My 37 year old sister just died from this very thing on May 19th. The doctors sent her home from the ER twice, said it was anxiety attacks and there was nothing wrong with her. The third time she didn't make it into the ER doors.[/quote]

    I am so sorry for your loss... my friends all thought I was having an anxiety attack also until the social worker came to talk to them in the ER waiting room. . .

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    The more times this is read, the more it is drilled into our heads. Thanks for the info.

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    THANK YOU for sharing this vitally important information!

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