One of my oldest and dearest friends, Ibzaini, whom I have known since my Glasgow days and later became my housemate of 4 years during my bachelor days, had a minor heart attack on Thursday morning. It was around 3 or 4 a.m. when the attack occurred, although he thought it was gastritis - something that he has always had in the past. He drove himself to hospital, only to be told that he had a minor heart attack. After some tests, he was told that he had two blockages (both 100% blocked). He then underwent angioplasty, and yesterday, he was transferred from the ICU to a normal ward. Alhamdulillah, he is now recovering. I am unable to visit him unfortunately because he is now in Penang. I only managed to communicate with him over the phone.
Nonetheless, what happened to Ib certainly sent shivers down my spine. He is 35, quite active in sports. I know he plays squash, futsal and golf regularly. And yet, this shows that something like this can happen to anyone. So, I think it goes without saying that we all should take care of our health - exercise regularly, watch our diet and live a healthy lifestyle. I know this sounds too much like a community service reminder from the Ministry of Health, but then again, this is one fact we can't simply choose to ignore.
I pray for Ib's fast recovery. And I pray that we all be able to take good care of our health, especially our heart.