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259. The Heart Attack (1)
He was watching TV. It was about 10:45
.m. All of a sudden, he felt something in
chest. It was a fullness that he had
felt before. The feeling was dull and painless.
it quickly became a very strong “chest ache.”
chest felt full, sort of like his belly
after Thanksgiving dinners. He could feel a little
of sharpness in the area of his heart.
he felt a tiny electric current go down
left arm and into his left hand. His
He couldn’t believe it. I’m having
heart attack, he thought. No, it couldn’t be.
was perfectly healthy, or at least he was
last time he saw his doctor. When was
—one year, or two years, ago? Well, it didn’t
. Your doctor could give you a clean bill
health on Monday and you could drop dead
Wednesday. But he had great genes—no one in
family had ever died of a heart attack.
fact, no one in his family had ever
of anything at his age.
He kept hoping
sensation would just disappear. But the feeling of
remained—yet without the slightest bit of pain.
his front door. It was locked. That would
a problem if he called 911; would they
the door down, or do they have master
to most buildings? His windows were open; they
just remove a screen. Should he call 911—no,
ambulance alone would be at least $500. The
room bill would be in the thousands. And
about the embarrassment if this was a false
? Should he call his brother, who would come
and—and what? He was getting confused. He turned
the TV. He didn’t want it blasting away
his dead body in the middle of the