DEAR Dr. Fritz,
Good day to you, doc. I am Lira. I have just turned 36, but sometimes I would feel some chest pains out of nowhere. I am feeling anxious about this as heart failure runs in my family. My father died from heart attack and so did my uncle, my aunt, and two of my cousins. Because of this, I would say that I am (getting) very paranoid. With the experience I have with my family, it seemed they were just alright and then (all of a sudden) they just collapsed and then, got cold and died.
Now, I just wanted to ask if there are unexpected triggers that would cause heart attack. If there are triggers, then, what are they? Thanks and God bless.
I do hope to hear from you soon.
Lira of LMPI
Dear Lira of LMPI,
I have some bad news for you. Yes, there are unexpected triggers for heart attack. The problem is they seemed to be innocent. But, they are not really innocent at all. You could have been doing them regularly, thinking that it is alright to do them always. The problem is, they would squash your heart even before you knew it and would probably leave you cold and dead on the spot - especially that heart problem seemed to be your family history's favorite partner.
There is good news though. By knowing these heart attack triggers, you will be able to know how to avoid them and you will be able to take care of your heart better. Remember that every time your heart beats, that means you are alive but this does not always mean that you are healthy. There are instances that when your heart beats, it acts like a distressed man swaggering on its way, hoping to live just another minute and more. I hope that your heart could beat well not only for today but for a long lifetime so that you would be able to live through your generation without fear of a failing heart.
Alright, Lira, here we go and I do hope you would be able to live more than the sum of the lifetime of your father, uncle, aunt and cousins.
Oh, oh, I would have wanted to start now, but, we are running out of space so let me then continue this in my next issue. Until then!
(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, "Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz." She is also a faculty in a College of Pharmacy. For your questions, you may send them to Dear Dr. Fritz, c/o SunStar-Davao Publishing Inc., Ebro-Pelayo Building, Jacinto St., Davao City, (former Department of Foreign Affairs office), across Ateneo de Davao University and beside Holy Child School of Davao, or you e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on April 07, 2017.
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