Rebecca recalls the first time she noticed her chest pain symptom and shares her doctors initial reaction.
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I want to share my heart disease story with you.
I remember it was about seven years ago I first started having symptoms, and strangely enough it was at a dinner party, and all of a sudden I had a crushing pain in my chest out of nowhere and fortunately we had a nurse dining with us at the time and was able to help me get my wits about me, calm me down, and I landed myself in the emergency room the next day.
The first time I was misdiagnosed with heart disease the doctors told me that I was too young to have any of these issues. In fact, when I approached the doctor with what I thought perhaps might be my particular condition, which is microvascular heart disease, I was told I was too young and I wasn’t a man and I didn’t smoke, so clearly that wasn’t the problem. Unfortunately he was wrong.
When he told me that I was mistaken and there was no way I could possibly have this condition I was crushed because I felt like not only was he not listening to me, that he prejudged what the situation was and didn’t care to even discuss it any further, and that’s when he sent me home with some antidepressants and told me not to worry about it.
I never got the prescription filled because I thought that was ridiculous. Unfortunately I had to start over. I began again with my general practitioner who took the time and actually found a discrepancy on my EKG which then led me to the cardiologist who saved my life.