A New York man who suffered a heart attack was afraid to go to the ER for fear of contracting the coronavirus
A New York man who had a heart attack earlier this year was afraid to go to the emergency room because he was afraid he would get sick with the new corona virus.
Two weeks ago, Deepak Gulati, 71, who lives in Manhattan, suffered terrible chest pain, swore and couldn’t breathe.
He tried to sleep it in, but the pain was getting worse. However, Gulati did not want to go to the ER because he was concerned about contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Under the pressure of his wife and cardiologist, he collapsed and sought help. It turned out that his pain was the result of a massive heart attack and if he had waited a few hours longer, he would have died.
Now Gulati shares his story with DailyMail.com to encourage others not to wait to seek emergency medical care as it can mean the difference between life and death.
71-year-old Deepak Gulati from New York City started feeling a tightness in his chest on June 18. It continued for the next two days and turned into severe pain, sweating and unable to breathe. Pictured left and right: Gulati is examined by Dr. Annapoor Kini, a cardiologist at The Mount Sinai Hospital
Gulati did not want to go to the emergency room because he was afraid of contracting the coronavirus, but his wife and cardiologist finally convinced him. In the photo: Gulati (far left) with his wife (second from left) and two daughters after his heart attack
Gulati says that before this incident occurred, he had had no health problems, let alone heart problems.
On Thursday evening, June 18, he began to feel tightness in his chest. When he felt it the next day, his wife called her colleague at Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Annapoorna Kini.
Kini, a professor of cardiology and Interventional Director of the Structural Heart Program at Icahn School of Medicine on Mount Sinai, told Gulati to visit her on Monday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m.
“Well, I didn’t get that far,” Gulati joked.
On Saturday morning he walked uphill – after a morning walk – when he felt a tightness in his chest and started to sweat. Gulati tried to sleep it out.
“I woke up at 7:00 pm.” he said.
“I sat down in the living room and took a drink of water, and suddenly that chest tightness came back, but this time it didn’t just come back. I found I couldn’t breathe.
“It’s like an iron fist clinging to your lungs.”
Doctors found that Gulati suffered a heart attack called a STEMI, where there is a complete blockage in an artery leading to the heart. Pictured: Kini is conducting a procedure on Gulati
Cardiologist Dr. Annapoorna Kini told Gulati that if he had only waited two hours to go to the hospital, he would have died. In the photo: Gulati (center) with Kini (far left) and members of Mount Sinai cardiology team
Gulati’s wife wanted him to go to the emergency room, but he hesitated.
“I said,” No, that place is full of coronavirus, I don’t want to be there. It is full of people passing on coronavirus to other people, “he said.
Gulati is not the only one who thinks that way.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week found that ER visits for heart attacks fell by nearly a quarter from pre-pandemic levels.
But scientists have warned that immediate care for serious health problems can lead to hospitalization or even death.
Kini feels the same.
‘I told him he probably had a heart attack and “You need to go to the emergency room,” she told DailyMail.com.
“Otherwise, he would make excuses to stay at home.”
As it turns out, Gulati suffered from myocardial infarction with ST segment elevation (STEMI heart attack).
Also known as a ‘widow’s heart attack’, it is the same type that famous actor and director Kevin Smith suffered in February 2018.
STEMI heart attacks occur when the left anterior descending artery, which carries blood to the heart, is almost or completely blocked.
Gulati had a stent in his heart, has no heart damage, and was told to return to normal within six weeks. In the photo: Gulati (center) with his wife (left) and Kini (right)
Without emergency care, it is almost always fatal.
However, if medical professions can open the artery within the first few hours of blockage, survival rates increase and the risk of muscle damage decreases.
A 2018 study found that about 77 out of 100,000 people have a STEMI heart attack.
‘[Dr Kini] told me that if I had waited another two hours, I would have been dead, “Gulati said.
She should change her name to “Angel in Disguise.” I cannot praise her enough. ‘
Within an hour of arriving at Mount Sinai Hospital, he had a stent inserted.
He added that the emergency room was nearly empty and divided in two, one side for the treatment of COVID-19 patients and the other side for non-COVID patients.
Kini says Gulati has no heart damage because he got to the hospital on time and should return to normal within six weeks.
She wants Americans to know first aid posts are safe.
“I know that the pandemic is still going on and there is a second wave of fear … but every hospital takes every precaution,” said Kini.
“If someone has a medical problem, especially related to the heart, don’t wait at home. People have to go to their regular doctor for a check-up; their blood pressure may not be controlled or their diabetes may not be controlled. ‘
Gulati agrees, saying it’s not worth losing your life if you’re afraid to seek emergency medical care.
“If you’re sitting at home for any reason, like me, you get a cold, hard sweat and start sweating profusely, and you get chest tightness. go to the nearest emergency room, “he said.
“Because death can only be two hours away.”