Don’t be a Hapless Spectator to a slient Heart Attack

February 11, 2010 at 1:31 pm 9 comments

This is one subject I so far have chosen not to touch because personal trauma experiences are hard to talk about. Once it is over you don’t ever want to go back to it. But a series of incidents in the last few days and I feel its high time I write about it, maybe it will help a few recognize the ‘silent killer’ that strikes when you least expect it.

When my dad suffered an attack two years back, he complained of terrible chest pain, his BP was normal and so was his ECG. Our family doctor didn’t suspect it till 24 hours had gone by. By the time I reached my family and made arrangements for him to be shifted to a super speciality in Chandigarh ( nearest to my hometown) not because I knew it was an attack but because having worked with hospitals for the last five years I knew this was not just chest pain due to acidity. Even when he was admitted in the ICU he was chatting away with the nurses and the doctor on duty told me, ‘look at your dad he playing it so cool so why are you so hassled. Within 2 hr of his admission, the angiography was done followed by an angioplasty ( a minimally invasive procedure to open blockages in the heart through stenting) and he was back in recovery.

It was a rude shock,and damn! we did miss crucial hours in getting him the required medical aid. It was indeed sheer luck that we came out of it without much harm.

The answer was simple and clear, culprit was STRESS

Stressed is one of the most common word in our lives now and we think ‘I am dealing with it fine’. But is your body coping up with it too? check..check..

Now how is stress related to heart attack. A little technical but let me try and explain.. When your body is under stress the arteries in the heart narrow down. The blood is not able to pass through the narrow arteries and tends to clot. This clotting disrupts flow of blood to the heart and results into an attack.

If you see anyone with symptoms that look similar to an attack as a first preventive step give him/her a disprin (it is also a blood thinner)

By the way I know many in 20s who suffered an attack due to wrong lifestyle. I am not going to add the already known reasons. So please don’t take your age for granted.

Ofcourse who likes to visit a hospital but when and if one has to for their loved ones you want the experience to be as less harrowing as possible. So at some point I will definitely write about know your basic rights when you admit a patient in an Emergency at a hospital ( read private) and a little bit about medical insurance. If experiences can come handy for someone then why not discuss them!

Till my next…Keep that Stress at bay, it is not going to help anyone of us anyway!!!


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Prateek  |  February 11, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Pretty bad experience you and your family had. True, heart attack is a silent killer and stress is a big factor. A nice and educative article. And as usuall will be waiting for your next article. 🙂

  • 2. Saumya  |  February 18, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Good post Pallavi. It was brave of you to share your experiences.

    • 3. delhizen  |  March 2, 2010 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks saumaya! 🙂

  • 4. Someone Is Special  |  August 2, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Well said man.. I sincerely thank you for the initiative..

    I wish you a Good luck..

    Do stop by Save a Heart – The Untold Story !

    Yours Frendly,
    Saravana Kumar M

    • 5. delhizen  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:54 am

      Hey thanks SK!

      • 6. Someone Is Special  |  August 6, 2010 at 8:05 am

        Do stop by Few Miles and do vote if my Initiative worth so..

        Yours Frendly,
        Saravana Kumar M

  • 7. Rinzu  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

    The preventive measures mentioned here are true to the core and very useful in times of an attack.

    Good luck

    Kindly visit

    Your comments and feedback would be appreciated.

    • 8. delhizen  |  August 2, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Thanks Rinzu, will defi drop by on your blog.

  • 9. Pallav  |  August 10, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Stress is a real killer. You’ve weaved this article with so much care. Thanks for supporting this wonderful heart campaign.


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