a mild heart attack, i got

7 Apr

london st thomas emergency dept waiting room 1.30pm 16.9C saturday 2018

i did not realise i would be here when i got up this morning.

i experienced a constriction in my throat, a tingling in my jaw and left arm, and dizzyness and heart palpitations. i had it before , though not the tingling in the jaw and left arm; but it usually goes after a short time, but this time it lasted a long time. 3hrs.

i still manage to go by bus to the library in marylebone but i felt very uncomfortable with the symptoms and i left and decided i shall drop by my doctor’s on the chance that they can fit me in. they could and gave me an appointment for the same day in fact  i only have to wait half hour. 12.30pm. so i did and while i was waiting i felt really dizzy and unwell  and  decided to put my head between my legs and i got  better. the symptoms just went and i felt fine. so i felt a bit of a fraud for making that appointment. then my name was called by the doctor, so i went in to see him.. i wanted the doctor to check and find out what it was i got.

when i told him my symptoms which are all gone now, he took my blood pressure and it was normal. what he said next was a surprise. he said i had a mild heart attack, and said i have to go to the hospital. now, it seems… when he asked me how i am to get there, i said by bus, he said no , we will have to get you an ambulance. in the end they got me a taxi. to st thomas’… actually i could have got there by bus, as it stops just outside the surgery and the bus goes there…

well, now i am waiting for the nurse to do the ECG, and blood tests in case of MI… not sure what MI is, (myocardial infarction?)but it must be important or they wont go to this trouble. 

i had these symptoms before minus the tingling in the jaw and left arm;  though the last time was about 2yrs ago,  it lasted a short while, so the only difference with this time is it was a long duration and that must be the danger signal. it is strange to think that a heart attack can take 3 hrs… and then disappear with me feeling all right afterwards. all the symptoms have gone now. i always thought a heart attack is sudden and short and you die if treatment is not done quick.

13 Responses to “a mild heart attack, i got”

  1. Garfield Hug Saturday April 7, 2018 at 2:25 pm #

    I am sorry to hear that you have had a mild heart attack. Please take care and I am sure they will ward you to run tests. Scary that you ignored the previous “attack” 2 years ago. I hope you diligently take your heart meds if prescribed especially aspirin or cardioprin. Take care and hope no major blockages in arteries. Get well soon.

  2. juliehcares Saturday April 7, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    I’m glad you went to the hospital, that has to be scary! Feel better quick!

  3. alifesgayventure Saturday April 7, 2018 at 3:45 pm #

    i find it very puzzling. if it is a heart attack, it is not a text book one. and i am fine now. all the symptoms earlier on this morning are gone and i feel fine. blood pressure is normal. i am still in the a&e, the ecg results shows nothing obvious. so now waiting for the blood tests results.

  4. MELewis Saturday April 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm #

    Glad to hear you feel better! Still, never something to be taken lightly. Hope they give you all the necessary tests to ensure that there is nothing serious. Take care!

    • alifesgayventure Saturday April 7, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

      it seems to be more serious than i thought. or maybe the doctors just want to be cautious. the doctor says he is v glad that i am here. he wants to repeat a blood test, it seems the reading is very high, so wants to wait 3hrs after the first blood taken to take another and test it. then depanding on the result, i can go home or be warded for a night or two. i never knew it is that serious. i feel fine. hmm, i have been allocated a bed… but it is not made up, hope that is a good sign. and it looks like they are handing out food, so that is good. haha. i am in time for dinner. i havent eaten anything since my porridge this morning. though i dont feel hungry. oh dear, the nurse has made the bed put in fresh sheets and pillow cases. i had my dinner allready… i chose salmon and asparagus soup and apple crumble. i hope the 2nd reading of the blood shows a reduction in that high reading.. and i can go home.

      • MELewis Sunday April 8, 2018 at 7:43 am #

        I just hope you get whatever care you need to stay well! Sounds like dinner was healthy, so you’re off to a good start. 🙂 Fingers crossed….

  5. alifesgayventure Sunday April 8, 2018 at 8:13 am #

    the strange thing about all lthis is that i feel fine. and yet i have all these doctors and nurses treating me… they say they are going to treat me like i had a cardiac arrest and gave me blood thinning medicine last night and hooked me to a pulse and heart beat monitoring machine. it sounds scary as if they expect my heart to give out during the night. but nothing happened. so from this you can guess i stayed in last night and have been told this morning that i will be transferred to the cardiology ward later today… it seems the 2nd reading blood was higher than the first. (the first reading was 28 , normal was 1.7)that reading monitors the amount of muscle destruction… it seems a heart attack is myocardial infarction. blood supply to the heart muscle is blocked and that results in muscle tissue death. but when i look at my heart rate it is normal, blood pressure is normal…and by rights there should be no more heart muscle deaths… that might be what is puzzling them. hope the blood thinning will unblock that hidden blood clot .

  6. Sarah M Wednesday April 11, 2018 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m sorry to hear this. I actually know a few people this has happened to and who didn’t recognise it as a heart attack. Probably more common than we think.

    • alifesgayventure Thursday April 12, 2018 at 11:19 am #

      i too would have ignored it if it had not gone on for so long. in fact it was real fortunate that the GP receptionist gave me an appt so quickly… maybe i looked quite terrible when i walked in…haha… and so strange that the symptoms just stop like that while i was in the waiting room. so there they were all jumping about on my case , whilst i am just sitting there feeling fine as if i have nothing to do with it all. haha.

  7. ihp000 Saturday May 5, 2018 at 6:47 am #

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. I listen to a podcast by Dr. Jennifer Daniels. She says that the trick to avoiding heart attacks is to drink lots of water, habitually. But especially in the mornings as you’ve probably been sleeping and thus are dehydrated. She is the only one I’ve heard this from, but she dispenses lots of interesting advice, most of which involves no medicines, but rather mostly natural substances and diet change. All of which is cheap and also not dangerous.

    Take care.

    • alifesgayventure Saturday May 5, 2018 at 8:39 am #

      fortunately i have a tea drinking habit, so drink a lot of water even though i am not thirsty…but i think old age will catch up on us, if we live long enough…

      • ihp000 Saturday May 5, 2018 at 8:55 am #

        Well, look after yourself.

  8. alifesgayventure Saturday May 5, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    thanks, i would like to know what is the right thing to do. its interesting that the hospital does not say what i should eat or avoid, or advise on exercise or anything… they concentrate on thinning the blood, reduce the blood pressure with drugs. maybe because i am normal weight for my height, my waist size is half my height…i dont drink alcohol nor smoke, so they dont have anything to say there about giving it up.haha. i wonder what else i can do to prevent it. or maybe it just cannot be prevented and a matter of luck or genetics.

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