Doctor’s Diary Akiyama Clinic

Myocardial Infarction!

October 24, 2023

I was diagnosed with this disease on Friday, March 24, 2023. I have fallen victim to this illness where plaque in the coronary arteries ruptures, leading to the formation of blood clots and blockages in the arteries.
I never imagined that I would be the one!
Around 5:30 AM, I started experiencing intense palpitations, with a heart rate of around 100 beats per minute. There was no chest pain, but a pronounced tightness in both shoulders and the back. While I had never experienced such arrhythmia before, I somehow managed to take a morning shower and get dressed, then commuted to work by car. While driving and sipping warm tea from a thermos, I thought, "Oh, it's getting better." But as I arrived at the clinic and changed into my white coat, the symptoms intensified. I called for an ambulance at 9:05, and by around 9:20, I had life-saving treatment with cardiac catheterization from Dr. K, my savior at E Hospital.
Thanks to 20 minutes of nitroglycerin I took at 9:00 and the prompt treatment, I have been able to get through this without any lingering effects on my heart.
A stent has been placed in my coronary artery.
I thought, "I've become the ultimate cyborg" because of this, but it seems there are still one or two precarious spots. After being discharged, I'm working on dietary therapy.
I want to express my gratitude to all the staff at our clinic, the paramedics, the medical team, my attending physician, my family, and our compassionate patients!"