Women Know the Signs of a Heart Attack! Doctors don't even know

By whateverdidi Latest Reply 2009-11-26 21:33:49 -0600
Started 2009-11-26 09:58:04 -0600

Women know the signs of a heart attack…they are different from men and your doctor probably doesn't even know.
I went to 5 different doctors for my symptoms months prior to my heart attack and I even had one doctor laugh at me when I told him that something was wrong and I felt like I was dieing.
I was trying to have a heart attack for months before I did. I was very tired doing even little things. I thought I was just getting older and working too hard. But it was a different tired. I was getting out of breath sometimes just getting out of bed and walking to the bathroom. I would fall sometimes in the shower because I became dizzy all of a sudden. I am a nurse so I would go to work and have a co-worker look in my ears. I thought it was just a lot of ear wax build up and bought those kits to clean out your ears. Even after I would clean them, I would become dizzy. I knew something was wrong but I couldn't put my finger on it. I passed out at work and was sent to the hospital and was told I had anxiety and was sent home with an antianxiety. My breathing was sometimes very labored and I went to the doctor and he told me that "we are having severe allergies now due to the weather, take a claritin". I became very depressed and would come home from work and just lay in bed until morning. I would work, come home and sleep for hours and then go to bed for the night early and would wake up tired. The day before my actual heart attack, I was getting ready for work ironing my uniform and became so flushed and out of breath. I sat in front of my air conditioner and called my sister. She came over and told me to lay down and she called me off from work (one thing I never did, workaholic here). I took an ativan (antianxiety) and went to sleep. I woke up the next day with left arm pain and jaw pain.. a pain that I can't describe. I knew that I was having a heart attack. I called my family and they called 911. Let me tell you that during all of this,,the months prior..I never had a bad blood pressure, pulse, pulse ox, or EKG. Even the squad said everything looked ok but they were going to take me to the hospital anyways. AND even in the hospital then every test came back normal but a heart doctor said he wanted to look at my heart just to be sure it wasn't a heart event. That saved my life..they found a 100% blockage and a 90% blockage. The cardiologist said that I had been working on this for a couple of years (the coronary artery disease) but that I was trying to have a heart attack for about 6 months. He said that the main cause was diabetes. Yes I smoked and ate junk food and didn't exercise but the doctor insisted that the diabetes was the cause.
Women I urge you to become familiar with the signs for women as they are different than men. It could save your life.
If you go to your doctor and he just ignores your plea…go to the ER and tell them that you think that you are having a heart attack…they have to investigate thoroughly. Dr. Oz had a show about this same thing. Look it up on his web site.
Be well

6 replies

judy makowski
judy makowski 2009-11-26 21:33:49 -0600 Report

I am so sorry the doctors didn't etake you seriously. Sometimes they are to quick to diagnose anxiety, especially in women and dismiss our signs. Some of them still don't realize the signs are different.

I love Dr. Oz. I think he is right on and the program he aired regarding womaen and heart attacks was right on.

Hope your feeling better and stonger every day.

Hinboyz3 2009-11-26 12:29:22 -0600 Report

Wow! I was just blown away reading all of this on heart attacks, what are the doctors thinking about, they are the ones with the degrees.

heart2heart 2009-11-26 14:13:29 -0600 Report

Problem is, even with the best doctors…heart attacks are just that…silent culprits. Everyone's warning signs and family histories are so different and everyone's symptoms (when there are any) are just as different. I applaud the doctors time…they've been great.

Elrond 2009-11-26 12:02:58 -0600 Report

I'd like to add… with my heart attack, I didn't have even a bit of pain. I'd been taking isosorbide dinitrate for chronic angina and I believe it masked some of the symptoms. I was trimming meat for dinner when I was suddenly dizzy. Then I realized my heart was racing and I was short of breath. Fortunately, my BP cuff was nearby so I checked. My BP was down to 80/60 and pulse was 120 resting. After resting a few minutes, BP was lower and pulse was higher. That's when I called 911. I went into V-Fib on the way to the hospital. So don't wait for chest pain; you might be waiting while checking in with the Angel Gabriel.

Elrond 2009-11-26 21:18:46 -0600 Report

By the way, my father and his father died of heart disease. I have a long history of left ventricular hypertrophy and CHF along with the chronic angina so I don't suppose the acute M I was terribly unexpected. I'm also the first diabetic on either side of the family.

heart2heart 2009-11-26 10:06:15 -0600 Report

I never had any pain…just couldn't get comfy sitting, standing, laying down and got dizzy. Next thing I knew was hearing my hubby on phone with 911. Needless to say, I have 3 stents.

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