To a Healthy 2008

I was with friends today for the New Year and though there were good laughs, there were also sad moments when we remembered friends that we have lost along the way due to illness.

There was a friend in particular that we lost to heart attack. He was only thirty-nine years old and his wife had just given birth 6 months earlier. It seemed that he had signs of a heart attack in a way of a numb arm the night before he passed on but he simply dismissed it as he had an important meeting the next day.

He passed away in a mosque while performing his afternoon prayer that day. Al-Fatihah

It is important to note that no matter how busy you are with life, health always come first. Please do not ignore any signs that your body is telling you. Pay attention to even the slightest pain that is not normal.

I was over at Guardian Pharmacy today and took up this pamphlet that they were giving way. It gives you symptoms of heart attack that I find useful and would like to share with you. Please consult your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms discussed here:

Chest pain, heaviness of tightness in the chest that comes on during exertion, emotional stress and may spread to arms, neck , jaw, face, back or stomach

especially if they last for several hours or recur over several days and /or cause chest pain, breathlessness or dizziness
Unusual Breathlessness
When doing light activity or at rest, or breathlessness that comes on suddenly

is due to insufficient oxygen reaching the brain which may be due to many reasons, so you should report it to your doctor
Bluish Tinged Fingernails or Around the Lips
Known medically as cyanosis, a result of too little oxygen in the blood

Fluid Retention or Puffiness
(oedema to use the medical term) is abnormal accumulation of fluid in tissues of the ankles, legs, lungs and abdomen, for example

visit the doctor if you unusually tired, especially if it’s combined with symptoms that cannot be explained

Severe Crushing Chest Pain
This may come at rest and may be accompanied by sweating, light-headedness, nausea or shortness of breadth and lasts more than 15 minutes may be a heart attack. Seek medical help.

Other symptoms
may include breaking out in cold sweet, having nausea and vomiting, or feeling light-headed or dizzy. Signs and symptoms vary from person to person. In fact, if you have a second heart attack, your symptoms may not be the same as for the first heart attack. Some people have no symptoms. This is called a “silent” heart attack.

Take care friends…

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