The man was bitten by a yellow jacket wasp and began to complain of heaviness and pain in his left arm soon after. Hours later, this pain became more frequent and spread to his left arm, shoulder and back. He suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital.
‘A 45-year-old man in the UK was bitten by a yellow jacket wasp, hours later, the pain became more frequent and he suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital.
The man was diagnosed with Kounis syndrome which means that a severe allergic reaction is followed by symptoms of chest pain that may progress to a heart attack. There are medical reports of the syndrome that were linked to allergic reactions to foods, insect stings and certain drugs.
The man has a genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases, including a medical history of asthma and eczema, but never had a severe allergic reaction. He had been smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for more than 30 years. Prior to this incident, he had some buildup of plaque in his arteries, which also put his heart at risk.