A heart attack is a medical emergency that occur when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. The blockage can be caused by accumulation of fat, cholesterol, etc which form a plaque in the coronary arteries that feed the heart.
In this article we are going to cover how to help someone who is having heart attack, we will look at some symptoms and prevention procedures.
How to help someone during a heart attack
Because of the nature of the symptoms, the manner which you react when someone is having an attack is very important. Before looking at these manners, let’s x-ray some symptoms you should look out for.
Some Common Symptoms Includes:
- Sudden dizziness
- Cold sweat
- Heartburn, Nausea, indigestion
- Shortness of breath
- Aching sensation in your chest or arms
- Pressure, tightness, pain
Helping someone who is having a heart attack can be extremely stressful, here is what you need to do :
- Be calm
Heart attack are most time unpredictable and can happen to anyone. The first thing you must do if you find yourself in a situation to assist anyone in that condition is to be calm.
Since they are unpredictable, they are often scary, it’s important to remain calm because a panic response can worsen the situation
- Be Positive
Maintaining a Positive attitude during that period is very necessary. Don’t just assume, ask question especially if the person is not unconscious, share positive tips and stories.
- Have the person sit down, rest, and try to keep calm.
- Don’t leave the person to look for help, call for help while trying to assist the person.
- Loosen any tight clothing.
- Ask if the person takes any chest pain medicine for a known heart condition, and help with the medication.
- If the pain does not go away promptly with rest or within 3 minutes of taking the medication call for emergency medical help.
- If the person is unconscious and unresponsive, perform CPR and call for help
- If you haven’t received CPR training, doctors recommend performing only chest compressions
What you should not do
- Do not wait to see if the symptoms go away
- Do not give the person anything by mouth unless a heart medicine
What to do to prevent it
- Eat healthy diet
- Exercise regularly
- Limit the consumption of alcohol
- If you are Obese, try to control it