How to diagnose a heart attack?
It has been observed that heart attacks are the No. 1 killer in Sri Lanka. A heart attack occurs mainly due to:
(a) Overweight, lack of exercise, excessive consumption of fatty foods;
(b) Uncontrolled blood pressure and diabetes;
(c) Continued mental stress;
(d) Sudden shock, accidents etc. and
(e) Hereditary factors.
Usually, people get alarmed when they suffer a chest pain - which may not always be due to a heart attack. You could assess to a certain extent as to whether a person has suffered a heart attack if he/she finds it difficult to do one or more of the following acts:
1. Smile followed by laughter,
2. Raise both hands above the shoulder,
3. Speak short sentences and continue with longer sentences and
4. Stick out the tongue straight.
If he/she cannot perform the above tasks, immediate medical attention has to be sought. It should be remembered that medical attention given after a lapse of three hours of observing the symptoms will be of little use.
S. R. Balachandran
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