Monthly Archives: Feb 2002

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.