About 15 years ago, I was called to the ER to see a 49-year-old woman who was having a heart attack.
The typical signs of heart attack were there: the sudden onset of chest pain, an abnormal ECG, and a blood test result that was consistent with heart muscle damage.
But this patient didn’t fit the typical picture of someone at risk for a heart attack. She was very active, ate well, and was at a healthy weight. Her cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure numbers were outstanding, and she had no family history of heart disease.
The other unusual thing: Her symptoms started soon after she heard about the tragic death of a loved one……..