Heart Attack Recognition and Treatment

Heart Attack Recognition and Treatment

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A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.

Lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle.Movie Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Symptoms can include:

  • chest pain – the chest can feel like it is being pressed or squeezed by a heavy object, and pain can radiate from the chest to the jaw, neck, arms and back
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling weak and/or lightheaded
  • overwhelming feeling of anxiety

It is important to stress that not everyone experiences severe chest pain; the pain can often be mild and mistaken for indigestion. It is the combination of symptoms that is important in determining whether a person is having a heart attack, and not the severity of chest pain.

When to call an ambulance

It’s the overall pattern of symptoms that helps to determine whether you are having a heart attack. If in doubts assume that you are having a heart attack and dial 999 to ask for an ambulance.

Paramedics would rather be called out to find an honest mistake has been made than be too late to save a person’s life.

Waiting for the ambulance

It is important to rest sitting upright while you wait for an ambulance, to avoid unnecessary strain on your heart. If aspirin is easily available and you know you are not allergic to it, slowly chew and then swallow an adult-sized tablet (300mg) while you are waiting for the ambulance to arrive. The aspirin will help to thin your blood and restore blood supply to your heart.

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