A few weeks ago, I was called to see a patient. Without delay, I rushed down the stairs and headed to the hospital wards. The man was sitting in the back seat of a car that brought him. I watched him closely but there were no respiratory efforts, I went for the pulse, not palpable, no cardiac activity, pupils were dilated, fixed, and unreactive to light. I watched foam rush through the mouth and nostrils. Obviously he is dead.
Still panting from the unplanned exercise I did, I felt bad I couldn’t do anything for him.
Out of curiosity, I wanted to know how he got to that point. The wife, a young lady in her late 30s told me they were playing when suddenly he became distressed, struggling for air and she tried to calm him all to no avail then she raised alarm for help.
I quickly asked if her husband was hypertensive and she admitted. I requested his drugs, luckily they came with his drugs. I went through the drugs and was able to identify some and it included: digoxin, Viagra, lisinopril.
In my little mind, I concluded the young man in his late 40s “DIED IN ACTIVE SERVICE TO THE WIFE” from heart attack.
My assumption may be right or wrong, but seeing those 2 drugs, I won’t be blamed for my assumption. He may Rest in peace to the dead.
Have you imagined why men die more? Have you ever noticed that there are more widows than widowers? Just check in your little village, then extend it to your community and you will be surprised what you find. I just want to pick one of the reasons I feel contributes to this. I will appeal that this is solely my opinion, it may be wrong or right.
<Look out for part 2 of this article>