By Anonymous - United States - Oklahoma City
Today, I started having chest pains and shortness of breath. I thought I was having a heart attack and I asked my husband to take me to the hospital. He told me to wait because he'd just ordered a pizza. FML
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  hockeygoalie13  |  14

Chances are that she wasn't having a heart attack. Chest pain and shortness of breath typically don't indicate a heart attack but rather a pulmonary embolism.

95% of patients I see in the ER who think they had a heart attack didn't actually have one.

  hockeygoalie13  |  14

Pulmonary embolisms are serious but it also depends a lot on the age/health of the patient. When I first started working in the emergency department I was pretty shocked by how few people who went there actually needed emergency treatment. It really comes down to people not being informed of what the true symptoms of serious medical problems are and more importantly what risk factors apply to them.

  lilchica22001  |  22

#35 they are very serious. I've had 3 different pulmonary embolisms myself. Multiple bilateral (a lot of clots in both lungs) in Dec 2012, another one in Dec 2013 and my last one was May 2014 :(

I'm only 26 and these things have ruined my life. But I'm lucky to be alive. I now suffer from asthma, pulmonary hypertension, fibromyalgia and an enlarged pulmonary artery.

Her husband should have immediately taken her to the hospital or called 911. She very well could have died in that spot.

  tiggerdoc  |  14

Yes as a 20yr on the job medic less than 1/2 of the people that call for as ambulance need one...but everyone is treated the same from the drug seeker wanting a fix to the governor...respect all