Warning signs of a heart attack and what to do.
Most of us know the signs of a heart attack—chest pain, pain radiating down either or both arms, or up into the jaw. It may also feel like pressure, like someone standing on your chest, or a heart attack may cause sudden, severe shortness of breath.
But what do you do if you have these signs?
- Call 911. This will get help in the fastest way. Ambulance personnel are trained in heart attack treatment plus people arriving at the emergency room by ambulance get the quickest treatment.
- If you are not allergic to aspirin, chew one 325 mg tablet and swallow it with a glass of water. This is the fastest way to get the anti-clotting benefits of aspirin into your system. (At your next doctor appointment, you might want to get your doctor’s advice on this, in case aspirin would not be good in your case).
- If you live alone, secure your pets if you have them and unlock your front door. Your heart attack could cause you to lose consciousness and this allows the emergency personnel to reach you.
- While waiting for the ambulance gather your current medications, or even better, a list of your medications, already prepared.
Sources: American Heart Association and Harvard Health
Submitted by Linda and Karla