I want to give a heads up to people about heart attacks
I had a silent heart attack. One side of my heart shut down and my lungs had water in them. I was in a similar position to someone dying from sleeping pills overdose. I was literally drowning. I was finding it hard to breathe and also got an infection (from the water in the right lung).
I went to my gp who prescribed antibiotics. I told him I had ache in both arms, my jaw, my head, and felt very sick. He said my lungs were clear.
Next morning I went to another doctor with a breathing emergency. It was terrifying. I couldn’t breathe but for about 10% of normal. He gave oxygen and i calmed down. He did ECG and listen to lungs. He said it was anxiety and pointed to his head (afghanistan GP) which is the universal symbol for madness.
Later, I couldnt breathe again. Called an ambulance for ER to go to hospital. They gave me oxygen but i was in a bad way. They did tests and told me i had a heart attack and called the cardiac team down to ER.
I had a stent put in to my heart. I was in hospital ten days or so. Getting the water out of my lungs took days on diuretic treatment. Then drip antibiotic for lung infection.
You cannot trust GP’s anymore. I have a long history with GP’s failing me. There are two experts in the room. You and the GP. Don’t let them forget that. I knew i was dying. I took charge of my own thoughts and persisted until i reached the ER department.
I will never trust a GP again.