Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms: Personal Stories

by Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) on January 2, 2011

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Carolyn Thomas’s MyHeartSisters post on women’s stories about their heart attack symptoms was picked by the most widely read doctor blog, www.Kevinmd.com

There are over twenty stories told by women about their symptoms; they provide an excellent overview of the variability of heart attack symptoms. (Click here for full article.)

Sandra, age 37, USA: “I woke up at 3 a.m. and my first symptom was heartburn, even though I’d eaten nothing that might cause that. My husband brought me antacids, then a sharp pain went through my back and I told my husband I felt like I was going to die – all in the matter of one minute from the initial symptom. My heart actually stopped and I had to be defibrillated twice in hospital, and then was unconscious for four days. Three more trips to hospital afterwards, but no plaque, just spasms that felt like heartburn, nausea and sometimes chest pain (it is hard for me to tell the difference!) “ (Full Article)

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn Thomas January 7, 2011 at 2:25 am

Thanks Dr. Steve for this plug! I was thrilled to have this essay picked up by KevinMD.com. Here’s a more direct link to the post:

For me, the best part of getting increased exposure on such a large site (KevinMD.com has 40,000 RSS subscribers and 33,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter!) was getting lots of comments from around the world, including this one from a paramedic in Dublin, Ireland:

“Thank you, Carolyn and all those who contributed to this article. I’m a member of a local first aid/ambulance unit here in Dublin, and we often use roleplay during our training, but thinking back about it now, we tend to act out heart attacks according to the the ‘textbook’ way: crushing central chest pain, radiating down the arm, etc. If it’s OK with you I’d like to use some of these stories as scenarios to make things more realistic.”

Isn’t that fantastic? If only all paramedics, all doctors, all nurses, all E.R. and Cardiology staff were trained using real-life cardiac event symptoms from real-life people!


Dr. Stephen Parker (Article selection and Commentary) January 7, 2011 at 4:20 am

This is quite a concept — everyone has been so influenced by Hollywood heart attack symptoms that they don’t train for the real thing…. Now your blog is really Dublin, pretty soon it will be Triplin.

Carolyn Thomas January 11, 2011 at 3:53 am

……groan……. ;-)

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