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Pat Burgess was shopping with her husband, Graham, one afternoon when a sharp pain made her scream. & # 39; I was in the car when the pain hit my neck, in my ear, and down my arm, & # 39 ;, says Pat, who lives in Bourneville, Birmingham. & # 39; I was terrified because it was the worst pain I had ever experienced.

Pat Burgess was shopping with her husband, Graham, one afternoon when a sharp pain made her scream. & # 39; I was in the car when the pain hit my neck, in my ear, and down my arm, & # 39 ;, says Pat, who lives in Bourneville, Birmingham. & # 39; I was terrified because it was the worst pain I had ever experienced.

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Pat Burgess was shopping with her husband, Graham, one afternoon when a sharp pain made her scream. & # 39; I was in the car when the pain hit my neck, in my ear, and down my arm, & # 39 ;, says Pat, who lives in Bourneville, Birmingham. & # 39; I was terrified because it was the worst pain I had ever experienced.

Pat Burgess was shopping with her husband, Graham, one afternoon when a sharp pain made her scream.

& # 39; I was in the car when the pain hit my neck, in my ear, and down my arm, & # 39 ;, says Pat, who lives in Bourneville, Birmingham. & # 39; I was terrified because it was the worst pain I have ever experienced. & # 39;

It was so intense that & # 39; worse than the birth & # 39; was, she says, and because she was afraid it could be a heart attack, Graham drove her to A&E in one of the hospitals in the city where she works as a housekeeper.

& # 39; I saw my friends and colleague & # 39; s & # 39 ;, she says. & # 39; It was so strange to be a patient. I was rushed through and a heart surgeon came to examine me.

& # 39; He wanted to do an ECG to check the rhythm and activity of my heart, and an angiogram to check if the arteries were narrowed or blocked & # 39 ;, says Pat, 53, a mother of three – husband Graham , 57, is a coffee shop manager.

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& # 39; The consultant had just started the ECG when I started to feel really unwell & # 39 ;, Pat adds. & # 39; This terrible pain came again in my left side. I called a nurse and held her hand – then everything went black. & # 39; When she arrived hours later, she was in a recovery room.

& # 39; I opened my eyes and a nurse explained that I had a cardiac arrest, which means that my heart had stopped pumping blood around the body after a heart attack in the car & # 39 ;, Pat says. & # 39; I could not record it. Graham stood beside me and looked terrified. & # 39;

She died & # 39; for a few seconds & # 39; and had to be resuscitated.

A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but it can follow. In the event of a heart attack, the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle are narrowed by an accumulation of fat deposits. If a piece of this fat breaks down, it can block the artery, starving the heart with blood and oxygen.

Prompt treatment is vital because a delay can lead to cardiac arrest, whereby the heart stops pumping blood through the body. This robs the brain of oxygen, which causes the person to lose consciousness. Without immediate treatment it can be fatal within a few minutes.

The adviser said that Pat had in fact not had one but two heart attacks. One during shopping and the other & # 39; silent & # 39 ;, around 5:30 am that day, which she thought was indigestion.

Dr. Maurice Pye, advisor cardiologist at York NHS Trust and Leeds General Infirmary, explains: & # 39; In a silent heart attack, the patient does not have chest pain, but may feel unwell or sweaty. & # 39;

A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but it can follow. In the event of a heart attack, the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle are narrowed by an accumulation of fat deposits. If a piece of this fat breaks down, it can block the artery, starving the heart with blood and oxygen.
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A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but it can follow. In the event of a heart attack, the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle are narrowed by an accumulation of fat deposits. If a piece of this fat breaks down, it can block the artery, starving the heart with blood and oxygen.

A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but it can follow. In the event of a heart attack, the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle are narrowed by an accumulation of fat deposits. If a piece of this fat breaks down, it can block the artery, starving the heart with blood and oxygen.

Some people experience indigestion or stomach pain because the nerve supply to the upper gastrointestinal tract and the heart are closely related and therefore pain in one can be felt in the other.

Often it is only when a scan – performed for another reason – that there is insufficient blood or oxygen supply to parts of the heart that doctors realize that a silent heart attack has occurred.

Pat had months of stomach ache, but had thought that something else was the cause. In 2016 she was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia – with part of the stomach sticking in the diaphragm and causing symptoms such as heartburn, stomach pain and shortness of breath. & # 39; I just thought the stomach pain that I often felt was related to that. So I ignored it & # 39; she says.

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& # 39; I was so shocked that it had to do with my heart. I went to work, act normally when I actually had a heart attack, but I just didn't know. & # 39;

In Pat's case, the pain that she would normally have felt in her chest was felt in her abdomen, masking the pain of the heart attack. However, their silent nature does not mean that these heart attacks are not serious. In fact, a silent heart attack is just as dangerous, despite the lack of pain.

& # 39; They can cause the same level of damage and if you have had a silent heart attack, you are more likely to have a standard heart attack & # 39 ;, says Dr. Pye.

Silent heart attacks are more common in women. It is not sure why, but it may be due to the fact that they have a higher pain threshold and therefore ignore chest pain.

Not only do they occur more frequently in women, but they also occur in people with diabetes and the elderly.

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& # 39; In type 1 and type 2 diabetes, patients get what we sometimes call autonomous neuropathy (with uncontrolled blood sugar levels damaging the nerves in the breast over time), creating a sensation of sensation and preventing the pain of a heart attack felt, & # 39; says Dr. Pye.

Silent heart attacks are more common in women. It is not sure why, but it may be due to the fact that they have a higher pain threshold and therefore ignore chest pain. Not only do they occur more frequently in women, but they also occur in people with diabetes and the elderly.

Silent heart attacks are more common in women. It is not sure why, but it may be due to the fact that they have a higher pain threshold and therefore ignore chest pain. Not only do they occur more frequently in women, but they also occur in people with diabetes and the elderly.

Silent heart attacks are more common in women. It is not sure why, but it may be due to the fact that they have a higher pain threshold and therefore ignore chest pain. Not only do they occur more frequently in women, but they also occur in people with diabetes and the elderly.

Julie Ward, senior heart nurse at the British Heart Foundation, adds: & # 39; Symptoms may vary from person to person. Usually they include pain or discomfort in the chest that does not go away; it can spread to the arms, neck, jaw, back or abdomen. You can also feel light-headed, dizzy; short of breath, nausea or vomiting.

& # 39; Different pain thresholds may be a reason for some people not to notice the symptoms of a heart attack. & # 39;

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Dr. Pye emphasizes that although patients should not reject stomach pain or heartburn, if the symptoms disappear quickly after using antacids, they are almost certainly not cardiac.

WHAT IS A CARDIAC JUDGMENT?

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body, which is usually due to a problem with electrical signals in the organ.

This causes the brain to starve of oxygen, which causes patients not to breathe and lose consciousness.

In the UK, more than 30,000 cardiac arrests take place outside of the hospital, compared to more than 356,000 in the US.

Cardiac arrests differ from heart attacks, the latter occurring when the blood supply to the heart muscle is cut off due to a clot in one of the coronary arteries.

Common causes are heart attacks, heart conditions and heart muscle inflammation.

An overdose of medication and the loss of a large amount of blood can also be the cause.

Giving an electric shock through the chest wall through a defibrillator can restart the heart.

In the meantime, CPR can circulate oxygen throughout the body.

If the & # 39; indigestion & # 39; When resting pain is not relieved within half an hour after taking Zantac (Ranitidine) or Gaviscon, the patient should immediately call 999 and order a paramedical ambulance for a suspected heart attack, he advises.

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This message is very important. If the pain is intermittent and is not relieved by the antacids, you should go to the hospital immediately.

For Pat, her heart diagnosis had arrived just in time.

SCANS took a permanent & # 39; death & # 39; area at the back of her heart, a result of her heart attacks.

The consultant explained that Pat had a total blockage in her left coronary artery – one of the two major blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to the heart – and a smaller bearing in the same artery, which means she runs the risk of further heart attacks.

She was taken to the theater where two stents were inserted into the blood vessels to remove the clot and open the arteries. Three days later Pat was allowed to go home.

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& # 39; I received seven pills a day & # 39 ;, she says. & # 39; Beta-blockers to make my heart beat slower and lower my blood pressure, and platelet inhibitors that keep blood from becoming sticky and clotting less quickly. & # 39;

Pat is now all too aware of the symptoms of a heart attack and believes that many more women may not realize that they are at risk. She believes that because family members – her mother and paternal uncle – have died of heart problems, she always has a greater risk.

Now, three years later, Pat is doing well and has been fired from her consultant. Since then she no longer has heart problems, although she is still taking pills for it. And while she is still taking medication for her hiatus hernia, the abdominal pain has stopped completely.

& # 39; With heart attacks, women have different symptoms – some feel pain in their abdomen, others in their shoulders & # 39 ;, Pat says. & # 39; There is no specific symptom.

& # 39; I want to raise awareness because I think women's heart health is not taken seriously. I thought I just had indigestion but could have died. I am so lucky to be here. & # 39;

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