My dad (62 years old - non smoker - healthy person) just had a heart problem in the airplane flying from Europe to New York. They thought he had a heart attack and was maintained for 8 hours under oxygen. He was then brought to a hospital in Boston where they run all the necessary tests. Apparently he had some kind of heart virus.
I would like to know if this happens currently in airplanes and how severe it is and could it have consequences on his general health.
Many thanks in advance for your kind answers and advice.
With very best regards
He may have had an infection of the heart called myocarditis which is caused by a viral, bacterial or other type of bpodily infection. The heart muscle becomes inflamed and can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. This is a very uncommon disorder and usually produces no symptoms.
Since you said your dad is a very healthy person odds are he will suffer no ill efects from it, but if he is concerned he may want to have an echo and EKG done just to make sure.
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