The most versatile, graceful singer, KK, Krishnakumar Kunnath (age 53) died recently of Heart Attack (most likely). His death came as a shock as he was fully active and was singing in the concert few hours back. Read news here.
Get nostalgic every time whenever I hear his songs, especially, yaaro, dosti badi hi haseen hai.. RIP, Om Shanti, KK..
Many young achievers (age 50 or less) have died in last few months of heart related issues e.g. Puneeth Rajkumar, Siddharth Shukla, Radhakrishnan Dhanarajan, Ranjan Das, Pankhuri Shrivastava, Rudratej Singh etc.
It raises some serious questions.
- Did they not get signs of cardiac issues?
- Were they and their family overconfident due to their physical appearance?
- Will we also die suddenly?
- Can we do something about it?
- Are there any learnings which we can apply to avoid sudden heart attack?
Read on if you are also looking for answers:
Now, It’s my duty to share how I and many others could avoid such sudden death.
Many of you, may know that I had a bypass surgery (CABG 5x) on 14-Feb-22 and now, living a 2nd life which I appreciate more than ever.
Corona and lockdown (in Mar-20) brought complete travel business (@rideally) to ZERO and with so much expenses, stress was very high. I do have family history of cardiac issues especially BP and Sugar and personally, also have them. Some time in Sep-20, when I was walking, I had little breathlessness and got tired even with 1 Km walk. We all thought that it is because of little exercise (or movement) as we are confined to home. Finally, told my younger brother, Dr. Jaiprakash Agrawal (HOD, Psychiatry Deptt, Hamidiya Hospital, Bhopal) and went for health checkup, ECG, TMT, Echo etc in Dec-20 at Bhopal. Results were not good and were not conclusive hence was advised to take some additional medicines/precautions/exercises.
Now, 2nd wave of Corona came in March and went till August and everything went for toss again. Stress again piled up and could not visit hospital also due to Killer Corona everywhere. Started exercise again in Aug-21 and felt tired even after walking 500 mtrs. We thought that reason could be low stamina hence started more walking but situation did not improve much. Finally, planned to visit Bhopal for further checkups.
Interesting part is that, we went to Bhopal by car with brother-in-law, Shubham Agrawal, who single-handedly drove till Bhopal. It took 2 days to reach Bhopal with overnight stay at Nagpur. Wonderful journey, covered almost 1600 Kms, lovely India and it’s colors. About that journey, some other time.
Anyway, went for another round of tests in Dec-21 and situation was bad this time. Cardiologist recommended Angiogram to understand blockages and surprise, almost 100% blockage. Everybody shocked. Early bypass recommended, stent etc ruled out. Came back to Bangalore in Car with overnight stay at Hyderabad. My wife, Richa Agrawal, took some additional medicines/precautions. I enjoyed the journey as I always felt that I am in good hands. We planned the surgery, did some research, got required info, our network of Rotary and goodwill helped a lot and finally, got bypass (CABG 5x) done on 14-Feb at Manipal hospital at Bengaluru.
Now, I am privileged as I could get lots of help from family and friends. In fact, most achievers can get required support easily.
So, How do you avoid sudden cardiac arrest? if you are above 40 then get your tests done which MUST include Echo, TMT and enjoy life (like me) as it comes 🙂 . Do not take unnecessary stress. Stress is unavoidable but still, can be managed. Do health checkup annually. Also, if you feel chest pain or breathlessness etc, get checkups done immdtly.
Last but not least, I don’t think that anything happens sudden however we humans have unique ability to ignore most obvious signs at times.