Today I experienced a sudden stabbing pain in the area of my heart, severe enough to make me cry out. I felt like I was going to drop down dead. The experience only lasted only a few seconds, but was followed by another a few seconds later. I then recovered and simply felt light headed. I had felt a bit dizzy since waking up this morning. I am a 52 year old male and am on medication for hypertension. This condition is under control. I had a light heart attack at age 36. There was no similarity in the pain - this pain was sharper and more severe and immediate. Could you give me advice on what I may have experienced and what route I should take for treatment if any?
Women may present with atypical symptoms during their heart attack. Even though, what you describe does not sound like a typical heart attack, the severity of it and the fact that you were dizzy with it concerns me enough where I think you should seek some medical attention. There are organs other than the heart in your chest that can cause this type of pain and I think that you should have it looked into, especially that you have a history of HTN. Conditions such as pulmonary embolism or aortic dissection should be rulled out.
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