One of the most surprising things about having a heart attack was experiencing cardiac symptoms that appeared, and then went away, and then returned, over and over again for two weeks until I was finally appropriately diagnosed. What was happening to me? In my (mistaken) stereotype of what a heart attack looks like, I had pictured sudden chest-clutching agony that became swiftly worse until you keeled over, unconscious and/or dead.
Every time those come-and-go symptoms eased up, it helped me to believe the Emergency physician who had misdiagnosed my symptoms as acid reflux before sending me home. Continue reading “When heart attack symptoms disappear – and then return” →