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Monday, July 09, 2007

Matters of the heart

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.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear about your friend and hope he recovers well.

BTW, i heard that heartburns or gastric pains are symptoms of a heart attack. If the pain persists, one should request for a thorough check-up.

i am malaysian said...

Some people are high risk of myocardial infarction (MI). You friend is extremely lucky. At the age of 35, he knew he has MI and he seeks treatment for it. Some people don't. Certain cases comes with complete heart block which leads to death at their first arrival to hospital.

Kelana said...

Anonymous & I Am Malaysian, thank you for dropping by and also for the information that you gave. They are certainly helpful.