I was having lunch with our anaesthetist sir, Dr. Elvin. We had been talking all of politics, cricket and food.
When food came to discussion, he told, “anybody among us can have disease; even coronary artery disease.” I admitted but added, “Sir, I am diseased. but definitely not the heart.” He looked serious and added, “yesterday night, I was in a case for primary angioplasty and the patient’s age was only 19.” “confirmed twice before believing” he forced it for me as he looked strangely while taking a carrot piece to his mouth.
It was hard for me to believe too. I questioned him, “Is he still in the hospital?”
“Yes, he will be in CCU” dr. Elvin added.
I was looking for a peculiar case to write for my blog. I told him to tell me the name and bed of the patient. Seeing my interest he took me to the patient after we finished our lunch.
A heavily built young man, over 90 kg in weight, lying in the bed and smiling at us when we stood beside him. Dr. Elvin told me, “this is the patient.”
The patient was muscular and obese both. Though he was looking strong but had managed to get up from supine to sitting posture when he tried to reply to our questions.
Patient had come to casualty with complaints of typical chest pain, retrosternal type, radiating to both arms, associated with sweating and uneasiness, not responding to pain killer and relieved on sublingual nitrates, that had been given in the casualty.
ECG showed ST elevated Inferior Wall Myocardial Infarction. Trop T was elevated. After loading dose of dual anti platelets, patient was shifted to cathlab for coronary angiography.
ECG never lies and same reflected in the coronary angiography. Patient had complete occlusion of the mid right coronary artery. PTCA with stent to RCA was done. Patient was stable after that with relieve of the symptoms.
Strangely, patient had no family history of coronary artery disease, no history of smoking or diabetes or hypertension.
How common is coronary artery disease becoming in the society? The disease we used to think is a disease of old has now grippled all age groups. Young as old as 19 are not spared. Other coronary vessels were also diseased.
Dr. Elvin tapped me on both shoulders before he left me with the patient. His last word was, “I had seen a young boy of 17 year needing coronary intervention.”
I have always neglected chest pain in young. I used to say, “its nothing.” “Take some antacids or PPI, it is gastric burns.” But the scenario could be totally different and life threatening if otherwise !!