- How did it happen?
- What caused it?
- How come I'm still alive?
- What can we do to reduce the likelihood of a heart attack happening?
- What can race organisers do?
- What can we do to survive a heart attack?
- What can we do to aid our recovery?
- Something for gastric to be taken on an empty stomach (Omeprazole)
- A blood thinner after breakfast (Plavix)
- Aspirin, also a blood thinner after lunch (Glyprin)
- A statin for cholesterol taken after dinner at night (Lipitor. RM 5 a pill, ouch).
- Port Dickson International Triathlon. Sprint Event. Yes only a Sprint Event. One person died. No one died at the long distance P.D. Swimathon (5km) which had many beginners. The PDIT at the P.D. Marina was only half a km from the P.D. Hospital. I don't know what happened.
- 3.5 km Island to Island swim held at Bagan Pinang (same location as the 2km race that I am now writing about). One person died.
So Race Organisers could:
- Couple up with very competent Lifeguards. Aquaputra Putrajaya are very professional.
- Have Lifeguards on a powered boat or jet ski with a rescue tube, walkie talkie for quick communication with the ambulance crew.
- Require swimmers to use the open water safety swim buoy as swimmers could hang on to it even when semi-conscious.
- Rent the Government ambulance on standby as it is better equipped than the private ambulances. Four crew members are provided for RM 500. And of course they know the quickest way to the Hospital Emergency.
- Sudden loss in stamina for no reason.
- Cold sweat.
- Unable to breathe / chest pains.
- Don't smoke
- Healthy diet, fruits and vegetables
- Reduce Body Mass Index
- Get them to Hospital with emergency cardiac care immediately. I vouch for our Government Hospitals. Any delay can permanently damage the heart, delay recovery or worse, the victim goes to heaven.
- Place an aspirin under the tongue. An aspirin (only 50 cents each) is a blood thinner which means it prevents blood clots from forming.
- If the victim is unconscious, perform CPR.
It might be bad luck to talk about this as now the chances of another heart attack for me will always be there.