Bevvy, I think you did a great service in posting your experience and warning others. Thank you for having done so. Perhaps your post would do well to be 'bumped' up for newer members to read, and long-term members to be reminded of this. So I'm making comments to keep this post 'alive'!
I would like to make two additional comments:
1) Sometimes there is severe pain from an impending heart attack in the left arm and/or jaw, and one feels nothing unusual in the chest. Some heart attacks manifest radiated pain into the jaw and down the arm.
2) Bayer aspirin just came out with a new product that will disolve under the tongue when a heart attack is suspect, take two of these. By disolving this under the tongue the aspirin immediately enters the blood stream and does not have to go through the digestive tract to be of any benefit.
It is suggested that everyone keep a bottle of these in their bedside stand drawer, as some people cannot even make it to their medicine cabinets when this happens during the night (frequently the case).
Aspirin has saved many people from death during a heart attack if they take 2 aspirins the moment they notice any unusual sypmtoms, and call 911 immediately. Yes, you can have someone drive you to the hospital, though the paramedics can get to you faster and exceed all speed limits getting a patient to the hospital. They also have the equipment in their vans to sustain you until you get to the hosppital. When you make that 911 call, make sure the dispatcher know that you have just taken two aspirins. They will be pleased to hear that, knowing you aren't going to 'stroke out' before emergency help can reach you.
I also read recently in one of the medical reports about surviving a heart attack is that it is best to sit up or stand up while waiting for the paramedics. Lying down is the worse thing that a person can do if a heart attack is suspect.
I'm so happy to hear that you did so very well. God was obviously with you!
Senior female, IBS-D, presently stable thanks to Heather & Staff