God forbid, no one should ever get a heart attack; however, the way we have been leading our daily lives, and that too in the metropolitan cities (Kolkata in this case), the possibility cannot be wiped out.

During December’15, a screening of lipid profiles in men reveals that the eastern part of India has the highest percentage of abnormality (42.2%), while northern and western zones have 40.3% and 39.1% respectively. Among the four zones, southern India showed the lowest percentage of abnormality with 34.8%. As per the survey conducted by SRL Diagnostics, abnormal levels were noticed in the age group of 31 to 60.

Heart Attack In Kolkata

Being aware of the fact that Kolkata is prone to heart attack and cerebral stroke, what should one do if he or she is affected by the life threatening disease in the city? Let’s find out:

Medicine

Immediately place Sorbitrate (Isosorbide Dinitrate) tablet under the tongue and allow it to dissolve slowly. It helps in widening the blood vessels thereby enabling blood to flow more easily. It’s a must to carry a strip of the same for any heart patient.

Phone Numbers of Local Guardians

It’s vital to keep a list of important contacts handy specially while stepping out of home. Names and contact numbers of family members, close relatives or house physician scribbled on a piece of paper (preferably placed in the wallet) or a notebook should be available at all times. However, with the advent of the mobile phone, this issue has been addressed to a large extent.

Cardiac Care Specializing Hospital in Kolkata

Kolkata is a conglomerate of some significant hospitals specializing in cardiology. It’s important to keep an account of their helpline numbers. Here are a selected few, probably the best in business:

(i.) Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS), Mukundapur (033 71222222).

(ii.) BM Birla Heart Research Centre (BMBHRC) (033 30403040).

(iii.) Medica Superspeciality Hospital (033 66520100).

(iv.) Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals (1066).

(v.) Fortis Hospital (033 6628 4444).

(vi.) The Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) (033 30903030).

Also Read: Top 10 Cardiac Surgeons in India

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Regardless of location, many people hesitate to help heart patients due to lack of knowledge and awareness.

Common symptoms indicating heart attack are:

  • Chest pain with shortage of breath.
  • Mild to severe pain in the shoulder or arm.
  • Excessive sweating, nervousness and anxiety coupled with fatigue and nausea.

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Following are the emergency first aid treatments:

  • Calm down the person affected and make him or her sit. Loosen the clothing in case it is tight.
  • Immediately make arrangements for shifting the patient to the nearest hospital. Sooner the better.
  • In case there is no breathing or pulse, give Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Immediately place the palm of the hand on the patient’s chest just over the lower part of the breast bone and press the hand in a pumping motion once or twice by using the other hand.

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