Here’s What to Do When You or Someone Else May Be Having a Heart Attack

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  • Know the warning signs of a heart attack you need to watch out.
  • Learn the things that you need to do when you or somebody else may be having a heart attack.
  • Read the text below.

If you think that you or somebody else is having a heart attack, it is important to take necessary actions right away. This can help you save your own life and the lives of others. Here are the symptoms that you need to watch out and the things you need to do next.

The warning signs

Experts say these are the most common warning signs of a heart attack:

* Uncomfortable pressure, pain, fullness or squeezing in the center of the chest. The discomfort lasts for a few minutes. Furthermore, this spreads beyond the chest to the neck, shoulders, jaw, upper abdomen or teeth.
* Vomiting or nausea
* Anxiety
* Indigestion
* Unexplained fatigue
* Cold sweats
* Shortness of breath
* Dizziness
* Fainting

What to do in a heart attack emergency?

So, here are some things you need to do if you or someone else is experiencing the above-mentioned signs, according to Mayo Clinic:

1. Have a friend or family assist you to a hospital

If you don’t have the phone number of your local emergency medical services, you should tell anyone near you — for instance, a friend, neighbor, or family — to drive you to a hospital as soon as possible.

2. Take nitroglycerin, as directed

If you are experiencing the symptoms above, and if your physician prescribes nitroglycerin, then you can take it. Remember not to take it if there is no prescription as it could put you in danger.

3. Perform the CPR

It is advised to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if the patient is unconscious. Experts say if you did not receive CPR training, then you may skip mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing. Instead, perform chest compressions, around 100 every minute. Now, if you have an access to an emergency medical specialist, you may ask for some procedures that you may begin while waiting for help.

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4. Take aspirin

Only take aspirin if your doctor instructs you to do so. Never chew or swallow one if the doctor told you not to take it or if you are allergic to it.

5. Use the AED

If you have an automated external defibrillator (AED), then you may use it. If the patient is unconscious, you may perform CPR while the device is being set up. The AED should give instructions after it has evaluated the condition of the patient.

A lot of people delay treatment as they do not want to bother the people around them, especially their family and friends. However, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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Written by Dave Calpito

Dave Calpito is currently an online writer with over four years of experience producing all kinds of topics, from news, health, reviews, tips, and how-to articles. Also, he contributes articles to Daloy Kayumanggi -- a monthly newsletter that inspires Filipinos in Japan.

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