Dr. Suresh Kaul
Dr. Neelam Kaul
In last few days, while we have been busy in the hospital trying to save some severe heart attacks, a lot of them ( relatives, neighbors, friends ) ,have lost their battle before reaching the hospital. Although destiny may be got in to explain this…… as scientific professionals, I thought of sharing some easy ways of finding out whether any one of us is at risk of developing a heart attack, how to prevent one, and if unfortunate to have one , how to survive till you reach a hospital.
Are you at risk…….???
Age is no bar, in today’s sedentary world.
If you don’t exercise, feel fatigued, get chest discomfort on physical or emotional exertion, or develop breathlessness on walking …… you may be at risk.
A normal ECG, may not necessarily mean all is well, as it’s done during rest. One may be sitting on an impending disaster. Get a Treadmill test done and a lipid profile and blood sugar status assessed. Some heart attacks mimic gastric upset…. , so if you get discomfort in upper abdomen and it’s not relieved by antacids or tablets prescribed, don’t hesitate to get an ECG done. Winters are supposedly harsh on heart patients, as vessel size narrows, blood pressures go up, one tends to retain salt and exercise and physical activity decreases.
The catch for prevention is…..
Stop smoking altogether.
Limit your alcohol to less than 60 ml a day, and earn it after you have walked a couple of miles that day. Walk but avoid direct cold, warm up and stay in shape.
Eat less, be a moderate, curtail your fat and carbohydrates intake, but don’t starve either.
Stay happy, be less impulsive and angry , more tolerant and accommodating. Happiness improves your health statistics.
Pray and meditate.
And unfortunately if you have……
Severe chest pain, with sweating and fatigue which is unrelenting to common manoeuvres, pick up a tablet of Dispirin and chew it till absorption. So buy this cheap inexpensive medicine from the market today and store it at a safe but accessible place, it has saved innumerable lives.
If you happen to be a fortunate bystander and see somebody has collapsed after chest pain or breathlessness, lay the person on the ground flat, start massaging deeply the anterior aspect of the chest as fast as you can, and tell somebody to organize transport to the nearest medical facility. Least of all panic, just do your karma.
ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः । सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु ,मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत् । ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः
1: Om, May All become Happy,
2: May All be Free from Illness.
3: May All See what is Auspicious,
4: May no one Suffer.
5: Om Peace, Peace, Peace.
With love and concern ,