Heart Attack – All That You Need To Know About It

Heart Attack

My cellphone rang at 2 a.m.

That’s always a bad thing. Usually, it meant a medical emergency.

My uncle was on the line. “Your aunt’s having some chest discomfort for around ten minutes.” I snapped fully awake at the words, suspecting a heart attack. “It’s getting worse. Not really chest pain, but…”

I interrupted. “Take her to ______ hospital right away,” I said, naming a specialty hospital nearby where there would be facilities to investigate her for an acute coronary syndrome and treat it.

For reasons best known to him, uncle chose another smaller hospital nearer home. It was a decision that almost cost her life!

An inexperienced junior doctor, who also played “cardiologist on call”, mismanaged her case. The episode of unstable angina, which might have been reversed with prompt treatment, evolved into a full-blown heart attack.

Treatment was lengthy and expensive. Aunt survived with little damage to her heart. She was lucky. Many are not. That’s why it is important to learn all about a heart attack and understand what to do if you notice signs of heart attack.

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Acute Coronary Syndrome

I was 11 years old when I first watched a man die!

On holidays, I’d sit on the small balcony of our first floor flat, reading and watching events on the street. My little friend, Hari, lived in the ground floor apartment. His grandfather worked at a bank.

That morning, grandpa waddled out of the house as usual. In one hand, the short, portly gentleman held a briefcase. A folded newspaper was tucked under his plump arm. His other hand held a cigarette.

Grandpa opened the gate. He crossed the road. All of a sudden, he stopped walking. The cigarette fell from his hand. His clenched fist gripped his shirt-front as he doubled over in distress. Passers-by rushed to his side to assist. With their help, he staggered back home.

A few minutes later, our doorbell rang. It was Hari’s uncle. He was in a panic, calling for my dad’s help. Dad was a cardiologist. He rushed downstairs.

When he returned back shortly, he delivered the shocking news. Hari’s grandpa had died. He had apparently suffered a massive heart attack.

It would be years later until I understood exactly what a heart attack was, and how acute coronary syndrome accounted for millions of preventable deaths around the world.

Maybe with better information and some common sense precautions, Hari’s grandfather might have survived his attack. This report is to provide you with this information.

It just might help save someone’s life!

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is a blanket term given to the group of heart conditions caused by the sudden obstruction of blood flow within a coronary artery. 

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Signs of Heart Attack

Signs of Heart Attack

If You Know The Signs of Heart Attack, You Can Save Lives

 

My sister saved my father’s life when he had a heart attack!

They were at a day-long symposium, when during the lunch break, dad suddenly complained of discomfort and had a sudden urge to use the toilet. When he returned a few minutes later, he was sweating profusely.

He didn’t complain of chest pain, but my sister knew the signs of heart attack, and was aware that diabetics can have an acute coronary syndrome without any pain.

What she did next saved his life. Without wasting a minute, she rushed him to hospital. Only on the short drive there did she call to let others in the family know.

The result was that, within 15 minutes of the onset of symptoms, my father was safely inside the emergency room of a specialty hospital, being examined by a cardiologist who diagnosed a heart attack.

Treatment was initiated instantly and a massive myocardial infarction which could have killed him only left him with some heart failure and a couple of weeks in hospital.

He lived for ten more years.

Why You Should Know Signs of Heart Attack

Every year, in the United States alone, 1.2 million people will have a heart attack. Many of them die, often within the first hour, before they even reach hospital. If you know signs of heart attack and can recognize an episode quickly, you can help prevent death.

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