On Friday night when returning home from Parliamentary duties in Melbourne, I suffered what turned out to be a fairly serious heart attack.
Thankfully, I was able to divert to Casey Hospital at Berwick and was then transferred to Monash Health where I received excellent and quick treatment. I thank all the staff at both hospitals for their excellent work. I am now feeling fine and should make a complete recovery.
At 43, not overweight and having never been a smoker or heavy drinker, the incident came as a complete surprise. However, I was lucky that I recognised the symptoms and sought medical treatment quickly.
This is a good lesson for all of us. As I have discovered, there is not necessarily a “typical” candidate for a heart attack.
If you feel not quite right, seek help immediately. As the Heart Foundation says, “It’s OK to call”.
Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shoulder, neck, arm and back pain or discomfort, nausea, hot and cold sweats and a general feeling of being unwell. You may also feel dizzy or light-headed or have a choking feeling in the back of your throat.
I am under medical orders to take time to recover fully, but in the meantime my staff will continue to help with constituent matters, along with my Upper House colleague, Member for Eastern Victoria, Melina Bath. I thank Gippslanders for the many messages of support I have already received.
Danny O’Brien, Member for Gippsland South.