RANDOM THOUGHTS: Heart Attack – Causes and Precautions - BY: Dr. A.Q. Khan

Heart Attack – Causes and Precautions
Dr. A.Q. Khan


First of all, EID MUBARAK and best wishes to all of you. May it be a truly blessed and happy occasion.

Deaths from heart attacks are increasing day by day. Even slim sportsmen and woman, young people doing regular exercises or jogging and even teenagers are falling victim to heart failure. I am not a medical doctor and the following information has come to me in various forms from people who know.

A heart attack, in medical terms a myocardial infarction, occurs when a fatty atherosclerotic deposit or a blood clot suddenly blocks one (or more) of the coronary arteries, cutting off the blood supply and oxygen from that section of the heart muscle which is directly being supplied by that particular artery. Lack of oxygen causes the cells in the affected portion of the heart muscle to die. The main symptom of a heart attack is usually a severe, crushing pain in the centre of the chest which persists, though it is a known fact that in women these symptoms are often not present. The pain may radiate to the back, neck, jaw or arms and is usually accompanied by nausea and perspiration. If the infarction covers a large area, or happens to hit vital areas of the heart, death may result. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world die in this way every year. The reasons are usually being overweight, high cholesterol levels, hypertension and diabetes.

In 10% to 20% people (especially women), heart attacks are silent, i.e. painless, sometimes accompanied by sudden vomiting for unknown reasons. These people don’t know they have had a heart attack until a doctor detects damage through tests such as ECG, CT angiography, etc.

A talk was delivered by Maj.Gen. Dr. Azhar Mahmood Kayani, a renowned cardiologist, on “The Prevention of Heart Diseases” at NUST. He introduced to the audience a very handy kit which may save a person from dying of a sudden heart attack. The kit contains the following items: Disprin tablets (4), Angisid tablets (4), Deponit NT5 skin patch (1). The speaker elaborated that, should one suddenly feel tightness and pain in the centre of the chest radiating to left arm or both sides of the neck and accompanied by sweating and uneasiness, one is likely to be in a state of heart attack. The following measures should be taken immediately: chew one Disprin tablet, keep one Angisid tablet under the tongue and stick the Deponit NT5 skin patch on the left side of the chest. The items in this kit would cost about Rs. 50 to 55 but could save a life without any specific expert handling. It is advisable for every individual above the age of 40 to always carry such a kit with them. The Professor concluded by adding that this information should be passed on to everyone you know. It may save their life.

From a separate source came the information that when feeling the above-mentioned kind of uneasiness, one should cough hard again and again in order to increase the blood supply, and thereby oxygen, to the heart to get temporary relief until a doctor can be reached.

Yet another source explains how eliminating wheat from your diet can improve your health. Cardiologist William Davis, MD, started his career repairing damaged hearts through angioplasty and bypass surgeries. “That’s what I was trained to do and, at first, that’s what I wanted to do”, he explains. But when his own mother died of a heart attack in 1995, despite receiving the best cardiac care, he was forced to face nagging concerns about his profession. “I’d fix a patient’s heart, only to see him come back with the same problems. It was just a band-aid, with no effort to identify the ‘cause’ of the disease.” So he moved his practice toward highly unchartered medical territory – prevention – and spent the next 15 years examining the causes of heart disease in his patients. This research resulted in his book “Wheat Belly”, which attributes many of our physical problems, including heart disease, diabetes and obesity, to our consumption of wheat. Wheat raises our blood sugar dramatically. In fact, two slices of wheat bread raises your blood sugar more than a Snickers bar. “When my patients give up wheat, weight loss is substantial, especially from the abdomen. People can lose several inches in the first month. Since 80% of my patients had diabetes or pre-diabetes and I knew that wheat spiked blood sugar more than almost anything else, I suggested removing wheat from their diet to see what happened to their blood sugar. They would come back 3 to 6 months later and their blood sugar would be dramatically reduced. But I also had many other positive reactions from patients.” Wheat contains Amylopectin A, a trigger of small LDL particles in the blood – the number one cause of heart disease. When wheat is removed from the diet, these levels plummet by 80 to 90%. Wheat also contains Gliadin, a protein that stimulates appetite. Eating wheat increases the average person’s calorie intake by 400 calories a day. Gliadin is addictive, a fact food scientists have known for almost 20 years. “I encourage people to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, unpasteurized cheese, eggs and meats. Wheat really changed in the 70s and 80s due to scientific genetic alterations. The wheat we eat today is not the same wheat that was eaten 100 years ago. If you stop eating breads/pasta/chapattis every day and start eating rice with chicken and vegetables, you still lose weight because rice doesn’t raise blood sugar as high as wheat and it also doesn’t have the Amylopectine A or the Gliadin that stimulated appetite. That’s part of the reason why people of foreign cultures that don’t consume wheat tend to be slenderer and healthier. Everyone should stop eating wheat. This is the closest I know of to transform your life.”

I sincerely hope that the advice given by two eminent cardiologist can help protect you from heart attack and improve your health.

PS Heartiest congratulations to our cricket team and the management for giving us such a nice Eid gift!

Posted on Jun 28, 17 | 6:38 am