Be prepared and know how to help someone having a heart attack?

Every year, over 100,000 people in the UK have a heart attack?

What is a Heart Attack ?

A heart attack (or myocardial infarction, to use the medical term) occurs when an artery supplying the heart with blood becomes blocked and is different from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Common signs and symptoms of a Heart Attack include the following?

  • Chest pain or discomfort that could feel like indigestion or a vice like gripping pain
  • Pain in the back, shoulders, jaw and it can also run down the arms and into the legs in severe cases and these symptoms could be felt by the casualty in both left and right hand side of the body
  • A shortness of breath
  • Feeling thirsty
  • Feeling light headed or dizziness
  • Feeling nauseas or vomiting
  • Sweating and going pale, sometime grey or blueness at the lips

Note: The person may be experiencing any or all of these.

How you can assist someone who is having a heart attack

Sit the casualty down in a comfortable position

Call 999/112 for emergency help straight away

If you have a defibrillator nearby then as a precaution have someone bring it to you

Monitor the casualties breathing and pulse rate

If aspirin is available and the casualty is not allergic to it, then offer the aspirin to the casualty and ask them to slowly chew and swallow this while you wait for the ambulance. A 150mg to 300mg chewable or soluble aspirin is ideal.

Should the casualty appear unconscious, unresponsive and NOT BREATHING NORMALLY then they have almost more than likely gone into sudden cardiac arrest and therefore you should commence C.P.R. straight away and make use of your automated external defibrillator until the arrival of the emergency services.

CPR plus defibrillation within 3–5 min of collapse can produce survival rates as high as 49–75%

That’s why it’s so important to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. If you can help someone who is having a heart attack, you could save their life.

Knowing what to do in an emergency can make all the difference. Essential 6 delivering engaging training in a wide range of engaging First Aid Training Courses from our offices or on your site UK wide. Our courses include everything you need to know, from recognising the signs and symptoms to providing first aid for a wide range of conditions. We also supply defibrillators and other first aid essentials needed so that your first aid team is prepared for any incident.

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