About five years ago, my mother was suffering from pain in her left arm. Uninsured, with very little income, and terrified of what a doctor would tell her, it took a lot of convincing by us, her children, to get her to go to a doctor. We finally got her to go. After her first visit to our local clinic, they scheduled her for an appointment in a few days. She came back and they attempted to do a "stress" test--putting her on a treadmill. She could not finish the test as she was so out of breath. The doctor said she was just out of shape, that his gut told him it was not her heart, and that it was probably indigestion. He sent her home with heartburn medication. After literally HOURS of convincing, we got her to allow us to drive her to a hospital 50 minutes away. We walked up to the urgent care desk, told them she had pain in her left arm, and they went and got a wheelchair for her and said she had to go to emergency. The diagnosis? You guessed it. My mother had had a heart attack. The hospital said she'd already had one but something was "in process"--meaning she could be going to have another one. They were able to hold off the second attack that seemed to be in process, they put in a stint, and testing shows that my mother's heart now works at 50% capacity because of her heart attack. Luckily, she survived, but I shudder to think what would have happened had we accepted the "indigestion" diagnosis...Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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