This one is from last month, not yesterday.
I threw it in because I survived the same heart attack. June 6th, 2009 at the age of 39, I started having a "heart attack" (MI) while running with some fellow members of my national guard unit. I didn't realize it for about 45 minutes. A couple great folks helped save my life that day, but I share this story more as a warning that not all heart attacks present the same.
About a quarter mile into the run, I hit an endurance wall and pushing through it was harder than any I had ever had... my first two symptoms manifested then 1. an overwhelming sense of fatigue, and 2. a weird sort of smokers like cough.
After calling it quits at a mile and a half, I showered and put on my uniform (military). I walked maybe 30 feet into my office and was having a chat with my boss for 3 or 4 minutes when I started getting more classic symptoms. Both of my arms went numb from the elbows to the finger tips. 30 seconds later I broke out in a profuse sweat (bad enough that after the ordeal, my boss said it looked like I had stepped back into the shower fully clothed) I looked at the boss and said "I think I may be having a heart attack". Once upon a time I was a volunteer EMT and did a little dabbling with the local search and rescue group... if I hadn't had that training I might not have recognized what was happening and I might not be around to tell this story. It wasn't for another 10 minutes or so that the chest pain started.
Long story short, I had a 100% blockage of the LAD (left anterior descending) artery on my heart... aka "the widow maker". I'd like to throw a major kudos to the New Mexico Heart Hospital here (and all the other specialty heart clinics and hospitals out there). Their professional staff, and quick processing from the ER to the Cath Lab (thanks Dr. Pacheco!) saved my bacon. The outstanding post MI care provided by Dr. Cavanaugh allowed me to make a full recovery and take up skiing again this season.
I'd like to throw thanks out to the outstanding folks at the New Mexico Air National Guard medical group for their quick thinking and for keeping me stable until the ambulance arrived (almost 45 minutes later). That aspirin may have kept me alive and was probably what kept me from suffering permanent heart damage.
My uncle died of a substantially similar heart attack climbing one of the big Colorado peaks around 45 days later. He was nearing the top sat down, said a few words to my cousin and just passed away. The only symptom he had was indigestion earlier that day. This was an outstanding man in peak physical shape. Local Volunteer fire fighter in Durango, Co, avid outdoorsman, accomplished climber, biker, skier etc.
I still miss you uncle Maynard! I wish we had more time together, especially in these past 10 years.
Things I learned:
1. Enjoy each day as you just never know how it will end.
2. Don't leave any regrets, if you want to spend more time with your family, then spend it today! That time lost will never come back.
3. Aspirin saves lives, no joke, always keep some with you.
4. Good Karma comes around, I spent time in my younger days helping others and others were here to help me when I needed it.
5. Morphine isn't for me. When it feels like your heart is being compressed in a bench vise, trickling ice water on it make no appreciable difference.
6. Heart attacks do not present the same. Many do not have the shooting pains down the left arm, the chest pains, and other "classic symptoms". Women especially can have them with no chest pain. Educate yourself on heart issues. It is a common killer and your survival rate increases if you catch it early.
7. Finally, die doing something you love. If you aren't loving what you do, then you need to re-evaluate how you are living your life.