On May 12, my husband was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment because of a sudden acute myocardial infarction (MI).
He underwent cardiac stenting and was no longer in danger until 72 hours after being in the cardiac intensive care unit (CCU).
As a Red Cross volunteer, I have been in the community and schools for the past four years to teach CPR first-aid. I have told about hundreds cases of successful treatment of MI, and rescued several patients with MI in ambulances…
I am familiar with the symptoms of MI and the course of treatment. I never thought that my husband would have a sudden heart attack, and I can save my husband’s life with knowledge of MI.
Symptoms: chest tightness, sputum sweating, urinary incontinence
My husband has long years of smoking, bad habits of drinking, and often stay late at night – all of these are the high risk factors for MI.
On May 12th, I was at home alone. My husband drove himself to visit his brother-in-law. He told me that when he first arrived at his sister’s house, he felt chest tightness.
Then he sweated and his limbs were cold. The most embarrassing thing was that the urine was incontinent – it had never happened before!
He immediately left his sister’s house and made an effort to drive home for 15 minutes. When climbed up to the fourth floor alone, he was breathless and sweaty.
He may be afraid to scare me and even said, “Nothing is wrong, I will be fine after sleep for a while.” Then he walked toward the bedroom. I was watching TV in the living room at this time, and heard such words as “chest tightness” and “sweat-sucking”. The “MI” immediately appeared to me!
In big medicine box, looking for emergency medicine
I immediately ran into the bedroom and saw his pale face and blue lips.
“You must not move! Lie down immediately!” I ordered him and removed the pillow, relaxing his airway.
At the same time, I called emergency phone immediately. Then I ran out of the medicine box and found “nitroglycerin” to feed him immediately.
Even so, my husband still thinks my call is a fuss and thinks that driving is enough.
Profuse sweating proves to be an acute attack of MI. If the left branch artery is blocked, he may die in several minutes!
I said to myself, what should I do? I calmed myself down.
Prevent him from going to the toilet
My daughter is a nurse. I quickly called and told her to go home immediately.
At the same time, I called for help from a nearby friend: My husband may have a heart attack.
After a while, the ambulance went to the community. I told my friend rush to the gate of the community and guide them to my homes. Don’t waste any time.
My husband proposed to go to the toilet, I told him don’t move now, especially to the toilet.
Moving would easily let the plaque of the heart fall off and he may be killed!
Many patients with MI are drowned on the toilet!
Say the most critical symptoms to emergency doctors
Ambulance is coming! I first reported the illness to the emergency doctor.
I said the most critical symptoms – chest tightness, chest pain, sweating. I told that he had already taken nitroglycerin, and was suspected of having MI!
The emergency doctor immediately gave my husband an electrocardiogram and showed “suspected MI.” He advised us to go to the hospital for further examination and do an angiography.
During the journey, my husband experienced a series of symptoms such as a drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, and unstable pulse conditions. I immediately made a decision: go to the nearest Central Hospital!
Sign decisively without hesitation
After 13 minutes, the ambulance finally arrived the hospital and my husband was transferred to the ICU. The nurse brought seven or eight kinds of notices for me to sign. I picked up the pen and quickly signed “informed consent”.
My husband’s electrocardiogram has shown a large area of MI, and it is now necessary to immediately perform cardiac stenting.
The doctor said it would be too late if it was late for 10 minutes. I signed “Agree” without hesitation. The nurse returned to the catheterization room with a list and told the doctor that surgery was possible immediately!
My husband was pushed into the operating room.
My tears came down, because the heart operation room is the closest place to death.
Five hours later, the good news came: My husband turned safe, he was saved!
Indications of MI
Chest tightness is indeed a common sign of heart attack, but pay attention to “the difference between men and women.”
1. Acute MI in men: The symptoms are clear, mainly sustained chest pain (67%) and sweat (70%).
2. Women with acute MI: mainly radiating pain, back pain, nausea and vomiting, chest pain and sweat are relatively rare, sometimes “I can not say clearly.”
3. Acute MI in the elderly: The symptoms are not obvious, and sweating is most valuable to the elderly.
In other words, even if the elderly do not have chest pain at the onset, they should pay attention to sweating.
Devil moment of MI
8 am to 9 am is the “devil moment” of acute MI. In the early morning, the activity of human sympathetic nerves can be doubled, the blood viscosity is highest throughout the day, and the temperature is the lowest. It is easy to cause acute cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
This helps you spend time:
1. Patients with cardiovascular disease must have sufficient sleep.
2. After waking up, do not rush to get up and give your hands and feet a massage. This can slow down the sympathetic nerve and ensure smooth blood circulation.
3. It is not recommended to exercise in the morning, especially in the cold morning.
4. Prevent constipation in the morning, because the instant pressure, rapid increase in blood pressure, may induce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular accidents.
Prevention of MI
The MI seems to happen suddenly. In fact, the hidden danger has already been buried on weekdays. Prevention of myocardial infarction should start with details such as food, clothing and shelter. Men above the age of 40 and women above the age of 55 enter the high incidence stage of coronary heart disease.
1. Diet should be low in salt, low in fat and low in sugar.
2. Drink plenty of water before bedtime, at night and after morning.
3. Refusing to stay up late to avoid overpressure.
4. Strong tea and cigarettes can damage the cardiovascular endothelium and cause arteriosclerosis.
5. People with coronary heart disease, diabetes, and high blood lipids, should not overeat.
6. The most important thing in exercise is proper quantity. If you feel tired, adjust it and don’t insist on it.