WHAT TO DO in a heart attack and WHAT NOT TO DO + How to prevent it

Heart Attack is undoubtedly the most feared and closest thing to death. Heart attack can happen as early as 26 years of age, so be careful. 

Symptoms

  • Chest pain that feels like pressure, squeezing, or fullness. The pain is usually in the center of the chest. It may also be felt in the jaw, shoulder, arms, back and stomach. It can last for more than a few minutes, or come and go.
  • Cold sweat
  • Light-headedness
  • Nausea (more common in women)
  • Numbness, aching, or tingling in the arm (usually the left arm, but the right arm may be affected alone, or along with the left)
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Weakness or fatigueheart-attack-symptoms.gif

First Aid

  • Have the person sit down, rest, and try to keep calm.
  • Loosen tight clothing.
  • Ask if the person takes any chest pain medication for a known heart condition, and help them take it.
  • If the pain does not go away promptly with rest or within 3 minutes of taking medicine, call for emergency medical help.
  • If the person is unconscious and unresponsive, call your local emergency number, then begin CPR.

DO NOT

  • Do not LEAVE the person alone except to call for help, if necessary.
  • Do not allow the person to DENY the symptoms and convince you not to call for emergency help.
  • Do not WAIT to see if the symptoms go away.
  • Do not GIVE the person anything by mouth unless a heart medication has been prescribed.

Prevention

  • If you smoke, quit. Smoking more than doubles the chance of developing heart disease.
  • Keep blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes in good control and follow your doctor’s orders.
  • Lose weight if obese or overweight.
  • Get regular exercise to improve heart health. 
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet

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