Sunday, September 19, 2010

Heart Attack: Warning Signs and Tips on Prevention

The pain of a heart attack can feel like bad heartburn. One may also be having a heart attack if one…
·       Feels a pressure or crushing pain in the chest, sometimes with sweating, dizziness, nausea or vomiting
·       Feels pain that extends from the chest into the jaw, left arm or left shoulder
·       Feels tightness in the chest
·       Has shortness of breath for more than a couple of seconds
·       Feels weak, lightheaded or faint
·       Has a sudden overwhelming fatigue
One should not ignore the pain or discomfort. If one thinks he/she is having heart problems or a heart attack, one needs to get help immediately. The sooner one gets treatment, the greater the chance that the doctors can prevent further damage to the heart muscle.

What should one do if one thinks he/she is having a heart attack?
Right away, call for an ambulance. Don’t try to drive yourself. While one waits for the ambulance to come, one can chew a regular tablet of aspirin. One should not take the aspirin if one is allergic to aspirin.

How well one survives a heart attack depends on how quickly one gets treatment, how much damage there is to the heart, and where that damage is.

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