It’s hard to imagine the moment of a heart attack. You’re just going about your day, and then suddenly you’re on the ground, unable to breathe or move. That’s exactly what happened to one man who survived the attack–and he caught it all on camera. He posted the video on YouTube back in 2015 and it now has more than 4.4 million views.
Man Accidentally Has Heart Attack On Camera
Back in 2015, Alain Bruno was practicing a video that he was going to post on his YouTube channel. He can be seen in the bath (with shorts on) applying some kind of shampoo or other hair product to his scalp. Around the 3:20 part of the video, you can see him start to experience some discomfort as he begins grimacing and putting his hand to his chest and shoulder area. At first he tries to ignore it and continues on.
He then says “hello guys, today I am going to be talking about…” but he can’t finish the sentence because he is in too much discomfort. This is around the four minute mark of the video. From there, the pain only intensifies. You can see him rubbing his head and beginning to breathe heavier. (1)
He then forcefully exhales and tries to continue on. Every time he tries to state what he is going to talk about in the video, however, he can’t seem to concentrate enough to do so. The pain and discomfort is becoming too much. At some point you can hear him curse, after which he exits the bath. The final parts of the video, you can see him lying on the floor. Alaine was having a heart attack. In the caption, he wrote:
“This was a heart attack and it was caught on camera. It’s the scariest thing that ever happened to me. I’ve been having strange symptoms for a couple of days. And today while practicing for a new video, those symptoms proved to be a heart attack. I was in pain and I panicked. I thought I was dying. Luckily my roommate came home early and immediately called 911. I am ok now but I have to be careful for the rest of my life because heart disease runs in my family. Stay safe!”
What Is A Heart Attack?
A heart attack is a medical emergency. It occurs when the blood flow to your heart is blocked, depriving it of oxygen-rich blood. If not treated immediately, a heart attack can lead to death. A heart attack is caused by a blockage in one of the arteries that supply blood to your heart. This may be due to clots, which form when platelets stick together and form a plug; fat deposits (atheroma); or scar tissue from previous damage to the artery. Heart attacks can also be caused by myocardial infarction (MI). MI occurs when the blood supply to part of your heart muscle is suddenly blocked, usually by a clot. (2)
Heart attacks are more common in men than women, but they can happen at any age. They are also more likely to occur in people who have high blood pressure or diabetes and who smoke or have been smokers in the past. Heart attacks are most often caused by coronary heart disease, which is a condition in which the arteries that supply blood to the heart become narrowed or blocked. These blockages make it difficult for oxygen-rich blood to reach the heart muscle, which may die as a result.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
The most common warning sign of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort that lasts for more than a few minutes and goes away with rest or nitroglycerin (sublingual tablets). Other signs include:
- shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
- nausea or vomiting
- lightheadedness or dizziness
- fatigue (tiredness)
- weakness on one side of your body
- cold sweats
- paleness of skin color (pallor)
- anxiety or fearfulness (angina pectoris)
Some people may also experience an abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) or a heart attack without any warning signs. If you have these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately by calling 9-1-1 or going to the nearest hospital emergency room.
The Bottom Line
Alaine is very lucky to be alive. Anyone who has ever experienced a heart attack will tell you the same thing. Monitor your health, and if you notice anything off, go talk to your doctor. This is especially so if heart disease runs in your family or if you have any preexisting health conditions that make you more likely to suffer from one. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
- “Heart attack caught on camera LIVE” Youtube. Alain Bruno.
- “Heart Attack Symptoms, Risk, and Recovery.” CDC