Early Warning Signs of Heart Attack or Stroke
A few weeks ago I spent a couple of hours at the ER because my left arm was having severe aching from my shoulder to the elbow. The pain then radiated down to my wrist. I knew this was one of the early warning signs of heart attack or stroke. I started getting involuntary spasms in my right arm clear up to my lower lip. My husband dialed 911.
I called a good doctor friend from out of town, who I often go to for medical advice, and he told me I needed to go to the ER to rule out a heart attack. “The least they’ll do is send you back home, but then you’ll know.”
I had felt light headed earlier in the morning, and on the way to the ER I was nausiated. I had several of the warning signs.
At the ER
After an EKG, the doctor administering some heavy pain and anti-inflammation medications, and a couple of hours later, I was sent home with prescriptions for some pain pills andand anti-inflammation pills. Whew, it was only bursitus.
I have heart arrhythmia which is kept in check by a pacemaker, so I have been made well aware of the symptoms of a heart attack. Not to mention that my husband had almost died from a heart attack ten years before.
So I don’t mess around when it comes to heart attack symptoms.
I have a few medicines that I am allergic to and so I am always alert to my sensitivity to meds. Consequently, I look for alternative steps to take instead of medications, where ever possible.
About 35 years ago I learned about some magnets to wear in the shoes which helped my peripheral neuropathy symptoms immensely. I still have a good pulse at my ankles. and the jabby prickly pains from neuropathy are seldom felt. I have often used a smaller magnet on painful areas.
So the thought occurred to me, to try using those shoe magnets on my arm. I laid them on the bed, Under my arm and crazy as it sounds, the pain was gone next morning. And I didn’t have to use more than one pain or inflammation pill after my ER "dry run" to the hospital.
I remember making "dry run" to the hospital when I was ready to deliver some of my children. I hated to go there only to be told that I was not in labor. So you have to know how reluctant I was to go unnecessarily to the ER.
Heart attack warning signs
What are the Signs of a heart attack or stroke?
The American heart Association States:
“ know the warning signs of heart attack and stroke”
- Chest discomfort
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper back
- Pain or numbing in the left arm
- Shortness of breath
- Breaking into a cold sweat
Learn the signs, but remember: even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out. Best action can save lives – maybe your own. Don’t wait - call 911 or your emergency response number.“ ....American heart Association
This was my own experience. I am not a medical advisor, nor do I give medical advice! But The American Medical Association makes it pretty clear.
I share this experience with you in the hope that one of you reading this will have the knowledge and courage to act and perhaps even save yours or one of your loved ones' life.
When all is said and done, when it comes to symptoms of a heart attack, it’s better to be safe, and embarrassed than sorry, with regrets.
I would love to hear your experience and comments below.