Re: Question on heart attack
I can tell you how my angina feels, but that is not to say others might be completely different.
Mine comes on very distinctly, right where my heart is. It feels tight, restrictive and with a sharp pain. I usually get flushed and break out in a sweat. I feel like doubling over. My breathing gets shallower and I get anxious. I don't want to move.
When I feel it coming on, I put a nitro glycerine tab under my tongue. If it does not resolve in 2 min. I take another. If I need a third, I call 911. Thankfully, this has only happened once while I was eating at a restaurant.
I did not suffer from angina until after my heart attack, by the way. The heart attack damage caused the angina. If you have any concerns, a simple ekg can give you a lot of clues. Mine still shows the damage caused by my heart attack 8 years ago.