Dropping dead from a heart attack is probably my biggest phobia. The heart is the one thing in my system where I think evolution screwed up on the design. I would have made things a little more fault tolerant.
Anytime I feel any sort of pain anywhere in my upper torso, I go through this little ritual:
-- I move around to verify that the pain was muscular rather than heart-related (I've heard that cardiac pain doesn't go away with movement).
-- I'll cough (this probably does nothing, but the idea is that the diaphram can sort of fill in for the heart to get things pumping).
-- I'll pop an aspirin. Aspirin is a cheap blood thinner, so if your arteries are clogged, this will help prevent blood from coagulating and completely blocking an artery.
Basically, fear of CHD has made me crazy