Are your cardiac symptoms emergent? Call 911 immediately or visit an ER near you.

Emergency symptoms are good at hiding.

Ron is all too familiar with the inner workings of an emergency room, being on an anesthesia care team, but the last thing he ever expected was going into a hospital as a patient.

He actually thought his fatigue and chest pain were just stress, so he wrote it off. He woke up in the middle of the night with unrelenting chest discomfort, immediately took a baby aspirin and called 911.

Ron told the ambulance crew to take him to Redmond Regional. As a healthcare professional, he wanted to go to a hospital with reputable cardiac experts and open heart surgery capabilities, just in case he was having a heart attack.

Fortunately, Ron made the call. Not only was he having a heart attack, he needed triple bypass surgery. He chose to come to the ER, rather than run the risk of permanent heart damage.

Signs of A Heart Attack

Sudden, severe or ongoing symptoms like Ron's could be a heart attack in disguise. Some people - especially women, people over 65 and those with diabetes - may not experience chest pain at all.

Since heart attacks can be fatal, doctors recommend going to the ER when your pain is unmanageable or symptoms are not ones you commonly experience.

Other cues to watch for include:

  • Fainting
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness, pain or other sensations in your back, one or both arms, jaw, neck or stomach
  • Severe lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Squeezing, tightness, burning, uncomfortable pressure or pain in your chest
  • Aching in one or both arms
  • Fatigue

I am feeling much better now. My strength is returning. I've told my family and friends that I feel more like the old Ron is returning.