Education, Education, Education…!!!

This is a post highlighting the importance of getting the right help when having chest pains. Tom Reynolds has done this post already and I am just repeating the message. But as Tom says he never under estimates chest pains. I know through experience that chest pains can be brought on by all manner of things. These include chest infections, musculo-skeletal injuries or illnesses and stress to name but a few. This is an excellent video which I think gets the message across…….

And don’t think chest pains only affect big, fat males who smoke or the elderly. It can hit anyone, anytime, anywhere. I once attended someone who thought they had pulled a muscle in their chest through lifting a heavy object. His wife called us because he was sweating “a bit too much”.Only when we did our ECGs and other examinations did he realise he was having a major MI (Myocardial Infarction = Heart Attack). In general young people don’t tend to have chest pains…they drop down dead usually through Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) or Brugada Syndrome.

But it happens, and I have been to primary school kids, teenagers, fit and healthy people who have all had some kind of cardiac event. Its not just the crinklies who get chest pains!!! As medicine becomes more efficient and research sheds more light on the heart education becomes even more important. We need to get rid of stereotypes….anyone can have chest pains, anyone can have a heart attack!!! 

If In Doubt Get Someone Out…!!!

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6 Responses to Education, Education, Education…!!!

  1. joan says:

    Hi Kingmagic
    This is a subject close to my heart, as 2 years ago when i was 46 I had chest pain on exertion, made me feel really unwell, but kept it to myself for 3 days before going to my GP, diagnosed with unstable angina, and after tests I had an angioplasty with 3 stents, and further ballooning, I was told I was 99% blocked and came very close to a heart attack! So please listen to your body!
    best wishes
    joan

  2. kingmagic says:

    joan…glad everything went okay Joan. Just goes to show that the human body uses pain as a signal that something is wrong. And that its important to get it checked out. 99% blocked is pretty bad!

  3. emsguy64 says:

    I’m studying cardiac in medic school right now. I really like that video, I wonder if the American Heart Association would do one like it?

    I went on a call the other day where the patient had no complaint of chest pain or discomfort of any kind, but his heart rhythm was so irregular, I thought it was A-fib at first. Lots of lovely PACs and PVCs. O2 and fluid sorted him out though, he stayed tachycardic, but in a lot smoother rhythm.

  4. kingmagic says:

    emsguy64…I like cardiac medicine. Especially the more obscure conditions. Take a look at ‘Takotsubo’ syndrome (broken heart syndrome). I think the spelling may be a bit off.

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  6. Marcelo Latiker says:

    A blockage in the heart blood vessels that reduces blood flow and oxygen to the heart muscle itself, causing pain but not permanent damage to the heart. The chest pain may spread to your arm, shoulder, jaw, or back. It may feel like a pressure or squeezing sensation. Chest pain from angina can be triggered by exercise, excitement, or emotional distress and is relieved by rest. ”

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