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Severe chest pain (like squeezing, or a heaviness, or pressing) at the central or left part of the chest, lasting usually for at least 20 min. The pain may also radiate to the left upper arm, neck or jaw. The pain may feel like a heavy weight on your chest, a squeezing or tightness around the chest, or indigestion/heartburn. Mild chest pain or discomfort in the chest, rather than sudden, crushing pain, is the most common symptom of a heart attack. however, many people, in fact, have a heart attack with little to no chest pain. Symptoms can be quite different from person to person, may appear in mild or severe forms, and may appear and recede and reappear over several hours. Some people can suffer a heart attack after showing only mild symptoms, or no symptoms at all
My wife has gone out to pickup my kids from school bus stop.
No one is at home.
I was working on my computer since 9 Morning at my home office. Its about 1230 noon time. Suddenly I fell down to the left side from the chair without any warning.
There was a fullness and heaviness in the heart area (NO PAIN) and breathlessness, perspiration on forehead and hands.. I went to the nearby bedroom and lie down on the bed.
And I took one sorbitrate tablet under the tongue as advised by doctor in such conditions.. And I called my family doctor s.k.chuahan. He told me to immediately go to hospital and take two more sorbitrate at 5 minutes intervals.
I tried my wifes mobile, but she has not picked up phone. Than I called sayeed bhai over mobile and asked him to come immediately to under my home balcony .Told him that I have to go to hospital immediately as I feared something is really wrong with me..
Sayeed bhai was nervous while driving the car. I told him not to worry. I asked him to take me to the hospital gate through which only ambulance is allowed, I know where that gate is.
OPERATING ROOM (21.04.2010.) MORNING
The room is kept at a cool temperature because of the hi-tech equipment, television screens and monitoring equipment. I was shivering there because of cold temperature. I was asked to move over on to the x-ray table from my bed, which is quite narrow and cold. .
Than they started putting all gadgets on my body and Inserted IV set etc.
The right groin area is washed and disinfected and then numbed with an injection of local anesthetic. A small incision is made at the right leg entry site, i hardly felt anything. Doctor let some blood flow from the cut.I can sense the blood flowing. Than a short plastic tube (sheath) is inserted into my right leg artery. The catheter is inserted through the sheath into my blood vessel and carefully threaded to my heart or coronary arteries. I was feeling like ant bites inside my veins.
Contrast liquid is put through the catheter to help my blood vessels and organs show up better. I felt a warm HOT FLASH as the liquid is put into the catheter. Also get a headache .Doctor said it will go away, don’t worry.
The procedure took approximately 45 minutes, not 15 minutes as he said.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE AT ICU
The nurse who is attending to me gave me a lot of water to drink. An increased fluid intake promotes excretion of the contrast medium, reducing the risk of toxicity (particularly to the kidneys). She gave me a bedpan to urinate as I was urinating very frequently. I wanted to urinate myself. She told me that its just 12 hours, after that you can move your right legs where the cut is made. Till date time she will do everything for me. She told me, don’t worry uncle, this is our job. I told her I cant urinate if she stays near me and watching me. She obliged and went out. Than she takes away the urinal and cover me with clothes..
The nurse never allowed me to move even to eat in the first day. The nurse will feed me tablets, coconut water, salad, fruits, oats always by her own hand. I feel like I am back to my childhood days with my mother.
DAILY MORNING SPONZE BATH
I eventually got used to these early morning baths and things were more or less under control.
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