Don’t Ignore Heart Attack Symptoms While Travelling


You should never ignore the symptoms of heart attack, especially while traveling, as researchers say that cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading causes of death among people who move.

The study, presented at Acute Cardiovascular Care 2019 in Malaga, Spain, indicates that long-term outcomes after a heart attack during travel can be good if one receives timely treatment.

“If you travel and experience symptoms of heart attack, such as pain in your chest, throat, neck, back, stomach or shoulders that lasts more than 15 minutes, call an ambulance without delay,” said co-author Ryota Nishio of Juntendo University in Japan.

“Long-distance travel can lead to conditions such as dehydration, leg cramps, electrolyte imbalance, fatigue, dizziness and fluid changes due to the accumulation of venous blood that can precipitate an ECV,” said IANS Deepak Khurana, surgeon cardiac examination of the Yatharth Hospital in Noida. .

For the study, the researchers included 2,564 patients who suffered a heart attack and received prompt treatment with a stent (percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) between 1999 and 2015.

It was found that a total of 192 patients (7.5%) were traveling at the time of the heart attack. The patients traveling were younger and had a higher prevalence of myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation (STEMI), a severe type of heart attack in which an important artery that supplies blood to the heart is blocked. , according to the study.

Heart attacks during a trip were associated with a 42 percent lower risk of long-term death from all causes than those that occurred in residents, after adjusting for many factors such as age, sex, hypertension, and diabetes.

“It is important that when you are in the immediate emergency phase and return home, consult your doctor to find out how you can reduce your risk of a second attack by improving your lifestyle and possibly taking preventive medications,” said Nishio.