My family and I went to the river a couple of days before Memorial Day. We spent a lot of time in the water, in the sun, and eating things we shouldn't. That night I went to bed feeling very tired and fell asleep almost as soon as my head hit the pillow. Less than 30 minutes after I laid down, a sharp and persistent pain in my chest woke me up. I sat up and waited for it to go away. But after 15 minutes, it was still there.
I called Floyd and asked him to look up the symptoms of heart attacks in women. I knew they could be different from men, but never bothered to look them up. I only had pain in the center of my chest. Everything else seemed normal.
After waiting about another 15 minutes and the pain still didn't go away no matter what I did, we called the paramedics who recommended I go to the hospital asap. To make a long story short, it turns out that I probably did NOT have a heart attack, though I did have enough of the symptoms to get everyone worried. They did a battery of tests that showed I'm very healthy. (some of the tests were not fun and I don't want to ever have to do them again).
But, it all got me thinking. It could have been very serious. The doctors still don't know exactly what I experienced and I've decided to begin living a healthier life style which for me means eating more fruits and vegies, less fat and sugar, and exercising a little more. Also, I did some reading on heart attacks to become a little better educated. If you're interested in knowing some of the symptoms women are more likely to experience, visit the American Heart Association.