Sorry my response is a bit tardy. I do not want to alarm you. However in my opinion you should get your Mom to ER or call for an ambulance asap. Woman do not have the usual signs of a MI (heart attacks). Often their symptoms are different than a mans. It is always better to be safe than sorry. There is no way to rule out a heart issue at home.
Yes Jon, Cardiac or heart pain can present itself in various locations, forms and intensities. Some women only experience extreme fatigue when having a MI.
It is not true that you must have left sided chest pain or pressure when you have a heart attack (MI) or cardiac pain. Many women do not seek medical treatment as soon as they should or at all because of this falsity.
Initial, older research for heart related issues was preformed on men. We were all made familiar with the classic symptoms that include left sided chest pain. Why? Because it us to be that men predominantly had heart issues and women did not therefore that was the sex that was studied. And than life changed. Women began working outside of the home, became primary bread winners, began to smoke and took on responsibilities that were previously delegated to the male population. Today heart issues are seen equally in both sexes. When women were added to the cardiac research it was discovered that they do usually present with the same symptoms that men do when experiencing heart pain. Some never have chest pain, or only have right sided pain, or back pain or a bit of chest pressure but great fatigue.
All sudden onset chest pain (either side) should be treated as serious until it is proven otherwise. How is your Mom doing?
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