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Losing A Friend From Heart Disease

Posted Jan 19 2013 9:02am
I lost a good friend, Ramil, last Sunday (January 13) from a heart disease. He was only 41. His condition was hereditary – his mother and his brother also died from it. I know him as very health conscious -- never smoked nor drink excessively, and was very health conscious. Alas, he did not escape his heart condition. 

Heart disease still remains the top killer in the Philippines. It occurs when the blood vessels in the heart get narrower, therefore slowing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. It is estimated that 9 Filipinos die of heart disease every hour. 
The cause of heart attacks is not always known. Heart attacks may occur when resting or after a sudden increase of physical activity or even after severe emotional stress. Chest pain is the most common symptom of a heart attack. You may feel the pain in only one part of your body, or it may move from your chest to your arms, shoulder, neck, teeth, jaw, belly area, or back. The pain can be severe or mild. It can feel like tightening around the chest, heavy pressure on the chest, or a bad indigestion. The pain usually lasts longer than 20 minutes. Rest and a medicine called nitroglycerin may not completely relieve the pain of a heart attack. Symptoms may also go away and come back. 
Other symptoms of a heart attack can include anxiety, cough, fainting, light-headedness, dizziness, vomiting, palpitations and shortness of breath. A heart attack is a medical emergency. If you have symptoms of a heart attack, have someone take you to a hospital immediately. Do not wait because the The greatest risk of sudden death takes place in the early hours of a heart attack. 
Goodbye Ramil. May you rest in peace.
Photo grabbed from Ramil's Facebook profile pic.
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