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Dad suffers heart attack while helping son with homework

A frustrated dad has suffered a heart attack while trying to help his son with his homework.

Mr Liu, 45, a resident of Shenzen in China’s southeast, had asked his Year 3 son the same question “countless times” but the boy didn’t know the answer, according to Shenzen Third People’s Hospital.

The dad reportedly began feeling “a little pain in his chest and couldn't breathe”. He fainted but only went to hospital at 4pm the following day.

“Not long after arriving in the emergency room, Mr Liu fainted, convulsed, foamed at the mouth, and became incontinent,” the hospital said.

“The medical staff immediately stepped forward to give Mr Liu first aid, and Mr Liu regained consciousness after about five minutes.”

A schoolboy does his homework in his room in Rennes, western France.
A dad has had a heart attack while trying to help his son with his homework. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

A cardiologist diagnosed him with myocardial infarction also known as a heart attack.

Cardiac angiography, a type of X-ray which allows doctors to see blood vessels, showed 90 per cent of the middle anterior descending artery was blocked.

Fortunately, doctors were able to fix the blood flow in Liu’s heart and inserted a stent to support the vessels.

The hospital noted the dad doesn’t have a history of diabetes, high blood pressure or coronary disease. However, he does smoke.

Gao Hong, the director of the hospital, put the dad’s heart attack down to him being angry.

Mr Hong said if a person becomes agitated over a long period, and Mr Liu had complained of pain for 10 days prior to hospitalisation, “it will increase the excitability of the body's sympathetic nerves, stimulate the heart rate, and peripheral blood vessels will constrict, leading to increased blood pressure, which in turn damages blood vessels and the heart”.

The dad is said to be “recovering well” in the hospital’s coronary care unit.

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