Heart attack symtoms, precautions
A heart attack happens when your heart muscle is starved of oxygen-rich blood. This causes damage to your heart muscle.
Symptoms of a heart attack
- Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
- Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
- Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling
- Sweating, <nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
- Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
First: Chew on Aspirin. Aspirin is not only a painkiller,it also is a blood thinner. A heart attack is most often due to a blood clot. Chewing aspirin allows it to be absorbed rapidly through the tongue into the blood stream and is life saving.
Second : Get the patient to raise their arms above their head. This helps the blood in the arms to travel to where it is needed more ie.the heart. The heart will be compromised of blood and so this increased rapid blood flow will buy you time.
Oxygen.You need to aim for the person to have maximum oxygen available. Make sure they are sitting upright and all clothes are loose around the neck,waist,ankles and wrists.
Reassurance: Keep reassuring them and try not to show your own panic.
CPR : If their heart stops and they become unresponsive start compressions until ambulance arrives.