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Why Ordinary Chest Pain Can Turn Fatal Why Ordinary Chest Pain Can Turn Fatal
I woke to missed calls on my phone. Ah!Ah! Why could big bros call me so late at night? I panicked and returned the... Why Ordinary Chest Pain Can Turn Fatal

I woke to missed calls on my phone. Ah!Ah! Why could big bros call me so late at night?

I panicked and returned the call.

Below is our conversation:

Him: Madam, you don’t pick calls anymore. I got tired of calling you. I had an

emergency

Me: I’m sorry sir. I went to bed rather early. What is the matter?

Him: I am experiencing intense chest pain and it’s been on for some hours. I

could not sleep.

Me: Sorry about that. Is it your asthma? What did you do about it? Have you

used your inhaler? Did you get to the hospital?

Him: I went to the hospital to see a doctor o! I was given asthma aborting

medications, but I am not getting better! In fact I don’t feel it is asthma.

Me: Okay, sorry about that. You are a known asthmatic and I’m sure you

know when you have asthma. I go on to ask further questions. However,

from his explanations I did not think he had an asthma attack.

Well, I said: Chest pain has many causes and the cause needs to be

discovered. I only hope it is not what I am thinking.

I happened to fly down to the town he was in and popped in to see him. I got

an examination done.

Well, he was experiencing pain in the area of the heart. I explained that this

was more serious that he thought. I requested some tests to be done and

voila, there were some abnormal results that pointed to the source of pain

being from his heart.

Lessons:

Chest pain can be fatal if tackled lightly

Seek a second medical opinion if you feel the need to.

Get your routine/periodic medical check up done, especially if you are 40

years and

above.

Some diseases could manifest in sinister ways.

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