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Heart Attack

BY Relay EMS

It’s chill time. But are you chilling? How to recognise heart attack symptoms? What to do? Immediate treatment lessens heart damage and saves lives.


Symptoms and warning signs


Symptoms may include:

  • Chest discomfort that feels like pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the centre of your chest. It lasts for a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  • Pain and discomfort, extending to both arms, back, neck, stomach, teeth and jaw
  • Unexplained shortness of breath, with or without chest pain
  • Other symptoms such as cold sweats, nausea, vomiting, light-headedness, anxiety, indigestion, unexplained fatigue.


What to do when symptoms occur:

  • Call RELAY EMS straight away. Do not wait to make the call. You might feel like driving to the hospital, but anything can happen on the way and you can suffer from a deadly rhythm disturbance in the heart and that can cause the heart to stop.
  • If you have aspirin at hand, immediately take one tablet and chew it without dissolving in water first. If you have an aspirin allergy or bleeding tendency, then rather don’t take one.

 

Many people delay treatment because they doubt or question whether they are really having a heart attack. The feeling is often mistaken as only heartburn. They don’t want to bother or worry family and friends. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, the longer you wait to seek medical attention the greater the damage may be.


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 April 25, 2017
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