Heart Attack Symptoms : Heart Attack Response: Seek Help
What to do when you’re having a heart attack.
When you or one of your loved ones suffering the signs and symptoms of a heart attack there
is the chest pain, especially that radiates to your left arm and jaw; you need to seek
help immediately. The American Heart Association recommends that you do not wait any longer
than five minutes to activate the 9-1-1 system. When you have a heart attack, it is indicated
to summon EMS, the emergency medical service. Trained paramedics as myself are able to respond
to you quickly, and start the initial treatment to come save your heart. Remember the concept
that time is muscle, that is, that a lapse in time is a loss in muscle. The longer you
wait; the more damage that’s done. If you’re not able to activate 9-1-1, do not drive yourself.
You need to have a friend or family member drive you to the hospital. So often, people
that suffering a heart attack want to go to their doctor’s, and suffer a car wreck on
their way, because they lose consciousness from the heart attack. A few other things
that you can do is when you’re suffering a heart attack is, like you always see on the
commercials or the television, is to take aspirin. Preferably, chewable aspirin, only
if you’re not allergic to it or sensitive. If you’re in severe distress, that means pain,
having a lot of shortness of breath, place yourself in a position of comfort. Your body
will know best what that position is going to be. Most often, people will be in a sitting
position, with the knees slightly bent, and they’re bent over so it’s going to help them
breathe better. But most importantly, call 9-1-1.