- 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.
- Engage EMS Medic or a Government ambulance on standby.
- 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.