In one's life, there are a number of life changing events that completely shift your world view.
- Your first kiss.
- Your first car
- Going to college
- Losing your virginity
- Your first professonal job
- The day you get married
- The first time you hold a child
- The first time you are lying in the hospital being tested for a heart attack.
The good news in my case is that it was nothing: probably a skeletal mussle spasm in my chest which caused shooting pain not unlike a heart attack--except that the duration was too short to indicate a heart attack. My tests were negative, my EKG was normal. But for a few hours as I laid on the bed hooked up to an oxygen mask and having my heart measured, I regreated many of my lifestyle choices--including allowing stress to rule my life and failing to keep in better shape.
It's scary and humbling, even though it proved to be nothing. Though I need to schedule a follow-up with a regular physician to rule out pre-cardiac issues.
It's a life-changing event. Trust me.
I'm glad you're all right. I had a similar experience about a year ago with long-lasting chest pains localized on the left side of my chest. Scared the dickens out of me. It turned out though to be a not-uncommon problem called Tsetse Syndrome: an inflammation of the cartilege that joins the ribs to the sternum. Gave me a new perspective though, for certain.