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.
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.