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How to Survive a Heart Attack? – Symptoms and Prevention

Heart Attack

Heart Attack is an acute event which can be fatal if proper treatment is not administered on time. Immediate emergency care is of prime importance for surviving a heart attack. Blood flow to the heart is restricted during an attack, and the damage to the heart increases every second that a person goes without treatment. But in order to take the required lifesaving actions, it’s essential to know the symptoms of this disease and detect it on time.

Symptoms of Heart Attack

In several cases, symptoms of a heart attack start slowly and continue for hours or days before the attack. However, sometimes the symptoms can also be immediate. These include:

  • Severe or squeezing pain in the central or left part of the chest
  • Discomfort or pain in shoulders, neck or left upper arm
  • Sweating, nausea, lightheadedness or shortness of breath

What to do in case of a Heart Attack?      

Keep the following tips in mind, as they may help you save a life.

  • Find a Safe Place to Rest

In case you are alone, and in a situation like driving a car or engaged in any other such activity, stop whatever you are doing. Find a safe place to rest and relax.

  • Call for Emergency Medical Help

Do not ignore the signs of an attack, and immediately call for emergency medical help if you or someone near you suffers from a heart attack. Reach out to your local emergency medical service, or call 1066 to access expert care at Apollo Hospitals.

  • Take an Aspirin

Most heart attacks occur due to the formation of a blood clot which blocks an artery and restricts the flow of blood. Aspirin helps in preventing the clot from getting bigger. By the time medical help arrives, this may help keep the damage under control. But make sure you are not allergic to aspirin before you pop the pill.

  • Resort to CPR if the Need Arises

If a person suffering from a heart attack falls unconscious, begin CPR immediately. Provide hands-only CPR (uninterrupted chest compressions of 100 to 120 per minute) if you have not received formal training, or are not confident.    

When a life is at stake, every single second counts, and one timely action can make a huge difference. Same is the case with a heart attack. Most fatalities can be prevented if only prompt action is taken. Be aware, and share this information to help spread awareness about Heart Attack Survival techniques.

For further assistance in this regard, consult Apollo experts like Dr. Arul Ebnezer Daniel and get expert advice to stay fit and healthy.

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