Yes but, no but, Dr, what you see was...
Dr Dork: I notice in your file here you’ve had some heart trouble ?
Patient: No, never gave me any problems.
Dr Dork : Oh. It says here that you had a triple CABG 5 years ago ?
Patient: Oh. Yeah, that. I went to see my local doc about my indigestion. My indigestion was really giving me grief. And I was feeling dizzy.
Dr Dork: So…you had the operation on your heart and it fixed that ?
Patient: Yes. But I never had any angina, any heart pain, no.
Dr Dork: Okay. So, things were good until last year, then ?
Dr Dork: When you had the stent…
Patient: No. Never had any chest pain.
Dr Dork: So what led to the stent being done ?
Patient: I was having this pain in my neck. I just wanted the pain in my neck to go away.
So they put the stent in to fix it. Which it did, it went away.
Dr Dork: Any angina after the new stent ?
Patient: No. Never had angina doc. Never had any problems with my heart.
Heart disease is no laughing matter. It is our biggest killer in the developed world. It seems to get a fraction of the press of more fashionable but rarer conditions. As our population ages demographically, and our adults and children balloon into obesity, it is unlikely to diminish in impact in coming decades.
Heart disease is often treatable. Even better - it is largely preventable.
Dr Dork recommends discussing how best to reduce your own risk of heart disease with your friendly local medico.
Heart Foundation of Australia
British Heart Foundation
American Heart Association