A few months ago, I was interviewed on the subject of surviving a heart attack by magazine writer Amelia Harnish for Ladies Home Journal’s special Heart Month online edition. Her article called Heartburn or Heart Attack? is now out – see what you think! But first, an embarrassed warning: remember when your parents wagged their fingers at you and said: “Do like I say, not like I do!” Keep that counsel in mind when you read my heart attack story. Example: do not, under any circumstances, get into your car and drive yourself anywhere while you are experiencing heart attack symptoms. Continue reading
I was sent home from the Emergency Room with a misdiagnosis of indigestion (despite presenting with textbook heart attack symptoms like chest pain, sweating, nausea and pain radiating down my left arm) just two weeks before finally being hospitalized with a newly revised diagnosis of ”significant heart disease”, and a myocardical infarction (heart attack) caused by a fully occluded Left Anterior Descending coronary artery.
Heartburn has nothing to do with your heart; it’s a digestive problem. Acidic liquid from your stomach backs up into your esophagus and inflames its lining. But symptoms can appear confusingly similar.
How to tell if you’re having a heart attack or just an attack of simple indigestion?
Here’s how indigestion may be markedly different from a cardiac event: