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I'm a 33 year old female, non smoker, with a very strong family history of death from heart attacks. My mum died at 45 of a heart attack, her mum died at 52 and several of my mums brothers and sisters have either had heart attacks or have high cholesterol. Just before midnight on Saturday night I developed excruciating back pain between my shoulder blades, slightly to the right. The pain then spread around the right hand side of my back, under my right arm pit and across the front of my chest. I was getting ready for bed at the time so I wasn't particularly exerting myself. I got in bed and tried lying on my back but I felt like I was being crushed front and back. I tried all sleep positions but just couldn't get comfortable. I got out of bed, went downstairs and took two soluble aspirin but it didn't ease. The pain was that bad that I had to wake my dad. I phoned 111 and they sent an ambulance. They did an ECG which they said was normal and the paramedic said she thought it might be a pulmonary embolism. In hospital, I had another ECG (normal) and a blood test to rule out the pulmonary embolism. The doctor wasn't going to do the blood test to check if I'd had a heart attack, but did when I insisted. However the blood test was done only 5 hrs after the onset of symptoms and I believe it needs to be repeated several hours after to see if my enzyme levels had risen. However, the test was not repeated and I was sent home to follow up with my GP! I feel that I was fobbed off because they were busy and they just assumed it wasn't a heart attack as I'm only 33. I now feel like I will never know if it was a heart attack or not and my heart may already be damaged. I know nstemi heart attacks don't always show on ECGs. Is there anyway I can find out if it was a heart attack or not?
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