Actor Chiyan Vikram hospitalised
chest pain and not heart attack, says son: What is the difference? An explainer
Actor Vikram’s hospitalisation created a stir and speculations began over his health status. Was it a heart attack? How are chest pains different from myocardial infarction?
Popular actor from Tamil cinema – ‘Chiyan’ Vikram – was admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after complaining of chest pain.
Several media reports said that he had suffered a heart attack, but his 26-year-old son Dhruv Vikram refuted the reports as rumours.
Earlier in the day, the manager of Chiyaan Vikram had confirmed that ‘Chiyan’ Vikram was admitted to the hospital due to mild chest discomfort.
Later in the day, Dhruv Vikram posted – “Chiyaan is fine guys! Nothing to worry.”
The treating hospital also issued a clarification through a medical bulletin clearing the air about the health status of the actor.
How is chest pain different from a heart attack?
According to the American Heart Association, angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when your heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood.
A lot of people who suffer this explain it as a feeling like some weight has been kept on their chest – a kind of pressure or squeezing in your chest.
The discomfort also can occur in your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw, abdomen or back. A lot of times, this (angina) is mistaken for indigestion and sidetracked.
Some people complain of shortness of breath or fatigue. If these symptoms are due to a lack of oxygen to the heart muscle, it’s called an “anginal equivalent.”
According to Cleveland Clinic, chest pain can happen in your upper body for a number of reasons, including heart issues.
It advises that one should always take chest pain seriously and get medical attention quickly. Chest pain causes can range from heartburn or pneumonia to a heart attack.
Chest pain can last for a few minutes or hours. In some cases, it can last six months or longer.
Not every chest pain episode is due to heart problems.
It can be due to numerous other non-serious causes, as well. But it is always better to rule out heart issues.
But you never know when chest pain CAN be a sign of a heart attack.
You need to observe carefully for other signs.
Other signs of a heart attack include:
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Shortness of breath.
- Light-headedness or fainting.
- A rapid or irregular heartbeat.
- Pain in your back, jaw, neck, upper abdomen, arm or shoulder.
According to Cleveland Clinic, if your chest pain is new, comes on suddenly, or lasts longer than five minutes after you rest or take medication, you should check out your health at the nearest hospital’s emergency room.