I have been having chest pains for 48 hours. Do chest pains associated with heart attacks typically last this long? I would have thought not, but just wanted to hear how long heart attack symptoms generallly last. Is there a typical range?
I did a stupid thing and on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday of this week I drank alcohol til I passed out. Couldn't remember anything the next morning. I also ate an unbelievable amount of food on these 3 nights. On Wedneday morning, I threw up very hard. It actually hurt my throat during and afterwards.
I am not 100%, but I don't believe I was noticing the chest pains until after throwing up. Could my chest pains be due to the violent episode of vomiting? Would the chest pains usually last this long?
I would like to add that I went to the ER about 2.5 weeks ago with chest pains. They did EKG and I think it was a CAT scan. Or maybe CT scan, not sure. Showed nothing.
In 2005, an echocardiogram and stress test showed nothing to be worried about. Also in summer of 2005, my cardiologist had told me he didn't think I had anything wrong with my heart, but since I was so paranoid about it, he told me the only way to 100% certain would be to have a heart catheterization, which I did have performed. It showed nothing wrong.
I also wore a Holter monitor for 24 hours, and I did this about 8 weeks ago. It showed nothing. It didn't even show palpitations, which I have been complaining of.
A recent complete blood count showed that my LDL is way high.
I have hypertension, and I'm taking Toprol XL 50 mg/day for the hypertension.
There is no "typical range" for how long symptoms of a heart attack last and those symptoms vary from one person to another. In my cardio rehab 2 years ago, there was a guy that ignored his arm pain for over a week and he kept saying how stupid he was for not listening to these warning signs until he did suffer the full-blown heart attack. There are people who suffer a silent heart attack with chornic ischemia with no pain or classic warning signs and they usually end up doing more damage to their heart because of the delay in seeking treatment. You listed quite a bit of risk factors (overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high food and alcohol intake and possibly smoking and lack of exercise?) and a lot of things could have changed since your last cardiac tests two years ago. My advice is to be on the safe side and contact your cardiologist or ER ASAP and don't wait for your symptoms to resolve on their own and of course learn from this episode and start taking care of your heart now. These are your warning signs. I think you would be wise to be preemptive and do something about it now and don't wait until real damage is done.