What to do during sudden onset of chest pain

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 12:13 PM IST
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Heart attacks can occur to anyone. And that anyone includes you. Talking more about this, Dr. Harshal Lahoti (MD, DNB, DM –Cardiology) of Bombay Hospital says, “30% people who have heart attacks don’t get a chance to reach hospitals, even in countries with air ambulance facilities. And many amongst the rest 70% squander off this chance.

They delay, thinking “I have no medical problems, I exercise”; “It cannot happen to me”; “It is nothing really serious”; “I will just rest a bit”; “Probably it is a heart burn or indigestion”; “Let me sleep over it, it should subside”; “It’s an odd time to disturb others, don’t want to make a fuss. I am strong, will bear it.” So you may not have any traditional risk factors like diabetes and blood pressure.

You might have just had your health check up that was fine. Nonetheless, still go and have an ECG for any kind of chest pain. Any pain between jaw and umbilicus can be a heart attack. Take every chest pain seriously. Once ECG is normal, you can take a sigh of relief. Your cardiologist may or may not suggest any further test.”

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