Heart Attack Aid

Chest pain can be caused by indigestion, strained muscles, or lung infections. The warning signs of heart attack are:
  • Intense pain that lasts for more than two minutes, produces a tight or crushing feeling, is centered in the chest, or spreads to the neck, jaw, shoulder, or arm.
  • Shortness of breath that is worse when the person lies flat and improves when the person sits.
  • Heavy sweating.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Irregular pulse.
  • Pale or bluish skin or lips.
  • Weakness.
  • Severe anxiety, feeling of doom.

If an individual develops these symptoms:
  1. Call for emergency medical help immediately.
  2. Have the person sit up or lie in a semi-reclining position. Loosen tight clothing. Keep him or her comfortably warm.
  3. If the person loses consciousness, turn on his or her back and check for breathing and pulse. If vomiting occurs, turn the victim’s head to one side and clean the mouth.
  4. If the person has medicine for angina pectoris (chest pain) and is conscious, help him or her take it.
  5. If the person is unconscious, and you are trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), check for a pulse at the wrist or neck. If there is none, begin CPR in conjunction with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Do not attempt CPR unless you are trained. It is not a technique you can learn from a book.
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