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Video on heart attacks

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How to recognise a Heart Attack.

 A heart attack means some heart muscle has suddenly started to die. The muscle is dying because one of the heart's major blood vessels (a coronary artery) has become blocked. The artery can be blocked by buildup of cholesterol deposits or by a blood clot. Acute myocardial infarction is the medical term for heart attack.

 A person having a heart attack is usually awake and can talk to you but feels severe pain. The most critical time for treatment of heart attack is within the first 30 minutes after symptoms begin. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, call for help immediately. These minutes count! Know the symptoms!

  The most important and most common symptom of a heart attack is chest discomfort or pressure in the center of the chest, behind the breastbone (sternum).  The Discomfort lasts more than 3 to 5 minutes.  Consider chest discomfort or pain a red flag. The flag says

Warning! You should think of a heart attack. 

You can ask these questions;

  1. "What is the discomfort like?" People describe the discomfort of a heart attack in many ways: a "pressure," "fullness," "squeezing," "heaviness," or "pain:"
  2. "Where is the discomfort located?" Usually people feel the pain right behind the breastbone, deep in the center of the chest.  After a few moments the pain may seem to spread to the shoulder, the neck, the lower jaw, or down the arm. The pain may be on the left side or the right side or on both sides. Sometimes the pain or discomfort may even be felt in the back, between the shoulder blades.
  3. "How long does the discomfort last?" The discomfort of a heart attack usually lasts more than a few minutes.  Sharp, stabbing, knifelike pain that lasts only a second and then disappears is almost never heart attack pain.  Heart attack chest pain sometimes "stutters." This means the pain may stop completely but returns a short time later.
 

 

Many people will not admit that their symptoms may indicate a heart attack. People react with a variety of statements or excuses. They may say "I'm too healthy" or "I don't want to bother the doctor" or "I don't want to frighten my wife" or "I'll feel ridiculous if it isn't a heart attack" or "I hate lights and sirens."

When a person with symptoms of a heart attack tries to downplay what he or she is feeling, you must take responsibility and act at once. Tell the victim to sit quietly. Tell the nearest person to phone 999 or 112 and get an AED by calling the local Defibrillator Goup. Be prepared to perform CPR if necessary.

 After you or someone else phones 999, have the person rest quietly and calmly. Help the person into a position that is the most comfortable and that allows the easiest breathing.

 If you can't access the emergency medical services (EMS), drive the person to the hospital right away. If you're the one having symptoms, don't drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option.

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