Thursday, March 10, 2011

Heart Attack: Cause & Prevention - A true story from a heart attack survivor

This is e-mail received from a heart attack survivor. It explains the cause and prevention related to heart attack disease.

I am working in Blore Software City ....
I wanted to share an incident of my life with you, hoping that it may be an eye opener to you so that you can live more years. 

On 27th October afternoon, I had severe heart attack symptom and I was rushed to the hospital. After reaching to the hospital, the doctors prescribed a test called angiogram. This test is basically to identify blood flow of heart arteries. When they finished the test they found a 94% block in the main artery.

Blocked main artery

At this point, I wanted to share my living style, which has caused this block in my heart arteries. Please see the below points of my life style, if any of these points are part of your life style then you are at risk, please change yourselves.

I was NOT doing any physical exercise for more than 10 years, NOT even walking 30 minutes a day for years.

My food timings are:
Breakfast/ No Breakfast:  11.00 a.m. 
Lunch:  3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Dinner:  11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m

Sleeping in very odd timings.
Going to bed between 12:00 to 3:00 a.m.
Waking up at between 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Some times spending sleepless nights.

I used to eat heavily because of long gaps between lunch and dinner and I used to make sure that Non-Veg is available most of the time, there were times when I did survey on city hotels to find delicious Non-Veg dishes. I was never interested in vegetable and healthier food.

Above all, I was a chain smoker for years. My father passed away due to heart problems and the doctors say the heart problems are usually genetic.

Once they identified the major block, they have done immediately a procedure called angioplasty along with two Stints, meaning they will insert an foreign body into the heart arteries and open the clogged area of the arteries.

Main artery after procedure

I learnt from the doctors that 60% people will die before reaching the hospital, 20% people will die in the process of recovering from heart attack and only 20% will survive . In my case, I was very lucky to be part of the last 20%.

Doctors Instructions: Need to have physical exercise for minimum of 45 minutes daily.

Eat your food at perfect timings, like how you eat during your school days. Eat in small quantities more times and have lot of vegetables and boiled food, try to avoid fry items and oily food. Fish is good than other non-vegetarian food.

Sleep for 8 hours a day, this count should complete before sun rising.

Stop smoking.

Genetic problems, we cannot avoid but we can get away from it by having regular checkups. Find a way to get relief from the stress (Yoga, Meditation etc).

So I urge you all to please avoid getting into this situation, it is in your hands to turn the situation up side sown, by just planning and changing your life style, by following simple points above.

If you find this useful you can forward this to your friends and loved ones.


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