Funny Fake Heart Attack Robbery–But AFib Is No Joke

Last June, two not-so-clever criminals decided to rob a Boston convenience store by using a fake heart attack as a distraction. One of the men pretended to have heart troubles while the other jumped across the counter in an attempt to steal cash from the register. The robbery attempt was caught on video, and the footage is pretty funny.

In actuality, atrial fibrillation (AFib), stroke symptoms and heart attack aren’t funny at all. AFib is the leading case of stroke in the United States. Symptoms include a racing or irregular heart beat, chest pain, fatigue and shortness of breath.

Medical researchers recently linked AFib to stress and burnout, making it clear that stress can literally be deadly. If you think you might have AFib, stroke symptoms or any kind of chest pain, see a doctor as soon as possible. You won’t be laughed out of the ER for taking a proactive stance on your health.