I’ll never forget that day walking into the hospital.
He didn’t look like himself and wasn’t acting like himself.
He was too young for this to happen and I was too young to really understand it.
Years later he told me the story about, feeling chest pain at home and thought there was something wrong so he jumped in the car and headed to the hospital.
Halfway there he lost the use of his arms and had to steer with his knees.
My dad was in his thirties and had a heart attack. I use this story whenever I teach a First Aid course. You wouldn’t think an otherwise healthy guy in his 30’s would suffer a heart attack, let alone one with two young boys and a wife at home.
Thankfully he survived but had an issue with his heart a couple years later.
We had to change the way we did things, the way we ate and the way we lived.
He wasn’t sure how to recognize what was happening that day or even acknowledge that it was a heart attack.
How about you?
Could you recognize it if this happened in your clinic, or to one of your family members?