Techie suffers heart attack, saved by timely help

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

“I couldn’t fathom what hit me. I felt a clutching pain in my chest and had difficulty in breathing. I was barely conscious when my friends rushed me to the nearest hospital,” said the IT professional.

PUNE: It was an active Sunday morning for a 34-year-old youth who was a heavy smoker. The IT professional went to play football and after an intense game suddenly began feeling uneasy. “I couldn’t fathom what hit me. I felt a clutching pain in my chest and had difficulty in breathing. I was barely conscious when my friends rushed me to the nearest hospital,” said the IT professional.

The patient was wheeled into the emergency room at Ruby Hall Clinic wherein an electrocardiography (ECG) revealed a massive heart attack. “He had suffered from a myocardial infarction and required an emergency angiography which showed the presence of a blood clot at the mouth of his left coronary artery. The clot starved his heart of blood and oxygen while posing a threat to the heart muscle. We administered clot-busters through a catheter directly into his heart which helped dissolve the clot almost immediately. In this particular case, owing to his young age — we refrained from using a stent, even though it was a massive heart attack,” said Dr Shirish Hiremath, Interventional Cardiologist at Ruby Hall Clinic.

It is a known fact that exercise helps an individual keep fit and healthy, thus helping one stay away from cardiovascular diseases. So what went wrong in this case?

Hiremath noted that the patient was a heavy smoker with a sedentary job. “As such, smoking is known to add to plaque build-up in the arteries, thus narrowing them and reducing blood flow. Secondly, what people fail to understand that intense physical activities may not be the best for your heart. Dehydration during exercise is known to increase the viscosity of blood thus causing clots. Moreover, vigorous contact sports may also cause spontaneous dissection of coronary arteries. Overall, exercise is good, but knowing when to stop is even better,” concluded Dr Hiremath.

He further added that cardiovascular diseases mainly occur due to smoking, alcohol consumption, majorly due to hypertension or stress and also because of cholesterol level in the body.

“Moderate physical activity is the most protective for the heart and helps strengthen it while lowering the risk of cardiovascular problems. But the other side of the coin is that strenuous exertion does increase the immediate risk for heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest. That’s especially true for people who are already at higher-than-normal risk, either because of lifestyle or genetic factors,” said Dr Hiremath.

Bomi Bhote, CEO, Ruby Hall Clinic said that it was just by the experience of the doctors and sheer luck of the patient that he survived.

“This case goes on to show the importance of timely intervention when it comes to matters of the heart. Heart disease is awfully becoming common in the age just after 30. Stress and a deviant lifestyle together make a formidable enemy of the heart. To keep the beat going on, it is imperative to fight this enemy,” said Bhote.

PRECAUTIONS ARE MUST
- Dr Shirish Hiremath, Interventional Cardiologist at Ruby Hall Clinic, said that cardiovascular diseases mainly occur due to smoking, alcohol consumption, majorly due to hypertension or stress and also because of cholesterol level in the body.
- Vigorous contact sports may also cause spontaneous dissection of coronary arteries. Overall, exercise is good, but knowing when to stop is even better,” added Dr Hiremath.

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