Don’t Take Risks with your Life

Don’t Take Risks with your Life

I once had a patient in his mid-50’s who came to see me for a chest pain that was aggravated when he played golf. The pain lasted for just a few minutes and was relieved when he took a rest.

In the clinic, we did an electrocardiogram (E.C.G.) for him and discovered that he had some evidence of blockages to the coronary arteries. He was promptly advised to seek treatment from a cardiologist urgently.

Instead, he decided to settle some business matter first, and then go and see the cardiologist. Unfortunately for him, he died from a massive heart attack not long after that.

In contrast, another patient who did his annual medical check up even when he has no symptom discovered to his surprise that he has a blocked heart artery. He promptly when for treatment with a cardiologist and a balloon angioplasty was done for him.

That was more than a year ago. Today, he still has no symptom of chest pain but he is more careful with his diet and he does his exercises regularly. He also never fail to do his annual medical check up.

As doctors, we see lots of patients who are concerned about their health and often take the appropriate steps to maintain their health. Unfortunately, we still come across some who feel that they can take risk with their life and come out winning all the time.

When you take risk with your life, you may win once, even twice, but the odds are heavily stacked against you winning all the time. All it takes is one heart attack and it may well be your last.

So don’t take risk with your life.