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Henderson said the sensation was like heartburn. He felt it when he moved. “It never crossed my mind that I was having a heart attack,” Henderson said. “And the way guys think — we believe it will eventually go away.” At his wife's insistence, Henderson went to an urgent care clinic. Doctors ran a few tests and told him to go to an emergency room immediately because they believed he was having a heart attack. On the way there, he still didn't think the pain had anything to do with his heart. “I always associated heart attacks with chest pain and I didn't have that,” Henderson said. As soon as he arrived at Norman Regional Hospital, doctors began doing more tests. Then, Henderson went into a cold sweat. Doctors told him he was having a mild heart attack and began administering drugs to lessen damage done to the muscle.
Pain signaled attack
When Mark Henderson began having sharp pains down his left arm, he knew aspirin wasn't going to dull it.The 54-year old father of two remembers that Friday nine years ago this October. He thought the pain in his arm was just part of growing older, but when he experienced a burning in his chest, he knew something wasn't right.
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