Heart attack symptoms differ

I recently suffered a massive heart attack. This letter is not to advise anyone, but offer advice to women in particular as to how symptoms differ in different individuals. This information may save your life. I had no pain whatsoever when I called 911.

I was merely so nauseated, without wanting to vomit, that I didn't know what to do. Waves of nausea swept over me and that was the banging of blood beating up against a clog in an arterial wall, beating and banging and sweeping back to do it all over again. It was literally making me sick to death.

The wonderful paramedics took an EKG, saying I looked okay, but did I want to be taken to the ER? I felt like a fool, only sick to my stomach, but oh so sick, and I said, "Yes."

My fabulous surgeon said if I hadn't come, I would be dead. The primary physician said my constantly taking Bufferin probably helped save my life. So aspirin can help you.

Don't think you must have that dreadful pain in your chest in order to have a heart attack. Your arms and back can hurt, your chest can suffer sharp intense pain, you can suffer nausea alone or an intense headache; be aware you can have a heart attack in many ways and not realize you are having one. But for your own sake, go to the ER - the people are terrific as are the folks in the intensive care unit. I'll be forever grateful to all.

Audrey Jay

Kingman