Let me start out by explaining that I don't think the heart attack I had on April 5th was my first. I think I had one 4 years ago and another in March. Why? Because the symptoms were so similar and the doctor could never really explain what happened either of those previous times.
Women experience much different symptoms then men when they have a heart attack. Yes, there can be pain and heaviness in the chest, the arms and legs can tingle or go numb and there can be pain in the neck. However, most women that I talked to in hospital spoke of much more subtle symptoms.
On April 5th, I was sitting at the computer doing some work and chatting with a friend. I had a slight headache that kept getting worse. I am not one to experience headaches and this was about the 4th one I'd had in a week. The headache continued and I began to feel nauseated. Then I began getting warm from my toes to the top of my head. I felt really ill and I had a pain in my upper right back just below the shoulder blade. Notice I said upper right back. That pain had been bugging me off and on for about 6 weeks.
I began to feel worse and woke Dwight up and told him I didn't feel well and I had to go to bed. I undressed, got into bed and as soon as I tried to relax, I because to shake, similar to a seizure but not so violently. It took me only a moment to realize that the tingling in my arms and legs was getting worse and I needed to go to hospital.
Those are the symptoms of my heart attack and it wasn't the first time I'd had them. The pain in my back had been constant. I mentioned heart palpitatations to my doctor. For some reason doctors tend to believe that women complain about every little ache and pain when in reality it is usually the other way around. Women don't complain because they are used to caring for others...born caregivers and tend to not take care of themselves.
If you have any of the symptoms I described above, seek medical attention immediately. It my be a case of bad indigestions but it could also be a heart attack.