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Women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing a heart attack (Myocardial Infarction) - you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest and dropping to the floor (as seen in movies!!).

Please read the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack (at end of this article) then note the following:

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicale things happening.   It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they did not know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up ---- which doesn't happen.    So, call the paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before.   It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation that to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2.  Note 'Call the Paramedics' and, if you can, take an aspirin.   TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!   Do not try to drive yourself or have your panicky husband drive (you will both be a hazard to others on the road.

3. Do NOT call the doctor, he won't have the equipment needed, principally OXYGEN.  He will be notified later.

4.  Don't assume it could not be a heart attack i.e you have a normal cholesterol count etc.  MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body.   Be careful and be aware, the more you know the better the chance of survival.

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