I was making an early-morning bathroom trip on Saturday when it felt like my chest exploded. Got myself to the ER, where they decided to move me upstairs to the cardiac observation floor. Several EKGs, a CT scan, an X-ray, and an echo cardiogram later, they think it wasn't actually the heart, but rather an inflammation of the membrane around the heart, a condition called pericarditis. Treatment is heavy use of anti-inflammatories.
They let me go mid-day on Sunday, and I'm continuing the meds for another couple days. I see my regular doctor on Wednesday to follow up and figure out next steps.
This was the first time I've ever actually been hospitalized, believe it or not. Made it all the way to 63 years old before the first time.
And I know the dietitians there have a difficult job, but the low-salt, low-fat, no-sugar food I got was record setting in its blandness. I didn't even know it was theoretically possible to remove that much flavor from food!
(In the course of all the imaging they uncovered an aneurysm in the rising aorta, which at 4cm isn't critical yet, but they want to monitor it, so I'm setting up an appointment to see a cardiac surgeon in 6 months. If it gets all the way up to 5cm then surgery may be needed)