Myocardial infarction

Myocardial infarction that led to singer KK’s sudden death, What is it?

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Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK, was cremated on Thursday in Mumbai after passing away on Tuesday night in Kolkata. The singer had numerous blockages in the left major coronary artery, as well as minor blockages in other arteries and sub-arteries. Doctors determined that myocardial infarction was the cause of death, and that overwhelming enthusiasm during the live concert caused a halt in blood flow, resulting in cardiac arrest, which took his life. According to the doctor who performed the autopsy, the artiste may have been rescued if Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) had been delivered promptly after he became unconscious.

The post-mortem investigation, which lasted about an hour and a half and was videotaped, ruled out any foul play and concluded that the singer died as a result of a major cardiac attack following a nearly three-hour performance

What exactly is Myocardial infarction?

Myocardial infarction, sometimes known as a heart attack, occurs when a portion of the heart muscle does not receive enough blood. A heart attack can be triggered by a severe spasm, or abrupt contraction, of a coronary artery, which can cut off blood supply to the heart muscle, according to the US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There might be pre-existing artery obstructions. Second, if you have high blood pressure, it can tear the artery and cause the inner linings to burst, which can lead to an abrupt heart attack. Another risk factor that has emerged in the pandemic is covid.

Myocardial infarction symptoms include: 

* Chest pain or discomfort 

* Feeling weak, light-headed, or faint

* Jaw, neck, or back pain or discomfort

* Breathing difficulty

Health professionals have long advised people to be aware of their lifestyle, age, and family history, all of which might raise their risk of heart disease. If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or obesity, your chances of getting a cardiac issue rise.

What has happened to KK?

According to the doctor who performed KK’s autopsy, intense excitement temporarily interrupted blood flow, resulting in an abnormal heartbeat for a brief period. According to the doctor, the autopsy found that the musician was taking antacids “possibly due to some pain that he misinterpreted for intestinal issues.” In addition, a top Kolkata Police official said that the singer’s wife confirmed that KK used to use a lot of antacids.

Dr Naresh Trehan stated in an interview following KK’s death that performers experience stress and raised blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack. “A concert is like a high-intensity, high-energy event if there was a preexisting heart disease which he may or not have known it could have played a role,” Dr Trehan explained.