February 3, 2023

From assuming it as a minor stomach problem to ignoring persistent chest pain, we often neglect our hearts. One of the most important organs of the body usually gets damaged due to our own wrong lifestyle.

Since Monday, #heartattack has been trending on social media, with several users sharing their experiences of surviving the life-threatening condition. People also share details of someone close to them who has had a similar experience.

One such discussion was initiated by Dr. Edmond Fernandes, a health practitioner and founder of the CHD Group.

Keep aspirin in wallet
With #heart attack trending, always keep Tab Aspirin 300mg in your pockets/purses and stop it as soon as possible if you get sudden severe chest pain/radiating to neck-left arm. Don’t neglect chest pain as gastritis. Evaluate and evaluate your heart, your life. Don’t let the valentine get you down,” Dr. Fernandes tweeted.

Dr. Fernandes’ tweet has turned out to be an interesting thread. Many people have shared their health problems and got a detailed answer from him.

“I have a family history of heart attack and sometimes get pain in my left arm”
“I have a family history of a heart attack and sometimes get pain in my left arm but no neck pain and get tense because of it. But over time it comes down.. is it ok to have aspirin at such a time to get on the be on the safe side,” one user wrote.

To this Dr. Fernandes replies: You need to have further tests. What you are saying are angina-based transient attacks. Please don’t ignore it and have extensive testing done. There may be partial blocks. If you have a good doctor consult, otherwise please find someone where you are. Mind your safety.

Is sorbitrate 5 mg enough?
“Doc, I have 5mg of sorbitrate in my wallet all the time. Will that help with sudden chest pain until I get medical attention?”

Provided you take it sublingually as soon as possible and rush to the emergency room or someone rushes you, the doctor recommends.

Sublingual drug administration is the act of placing a drug under the tongue so that it dissolves and is absorbed into the blood through the tissue there.

“Are these the same symptoms for women?”
“Mostly yes,” the doctor replies.

The symptoms of a heart attack are usually overlooked by women. It is due to the intensity of the pain and the stamina of the women.

Another reason is that women always neglect their health.

The most common symptoms of a heart attack are pain in the neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back, upper abdomen, shortness of breath, arm pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, dizziness, unusual tiredness, and indigestion.

Does that also apply to Indians?
The aspirin recommendation was questioned by a user as to whether it also applies to Indians.

To this Dr. Fernandes gave a witty reply: Before talking heart attack, right? Very applicable worldwide. People are people in the US or in India. Mind your safety.

The takeaways:

  • Watch for the symptoms of a heart attack
  • Keep aspirin 300 mg with you
  • You can also take 5mg of sorbitrate and take it sublingually
  • Rush to the emergency room or ask someone to take you to the hospital
  • Consult your doctor personally

Read the full thread here:

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