We've all heard of it in every wording possible: cardiac arrests, heart attacks, stroke - you name it (though there are notable differences). And some of the cases doesn't end up having a lucky survivor. According to the American Heart Association, heart attacks are one of the most notorious killers in the United States, striking up one innocent American in approximately every 40 seconds. Although there are trained people who took first aid classes willing to be of help, heart attacks can happen in the most random times and places (like if you're in Chicago).
Therefore, it is necessary for everyone to identify the signs of an impending heart attack, for the sake of not only yourself, but for the people you know and those around you as well. Immediately call 911 or someone who's trained in these situations when someone exhibits these symptoms (but it's way better if you take a first aid class and learn CPR and life support – there are centers in Chicago!):
1. Chest Pain/Discomfort
It is a generally known symptom of a heart attack in both men and women, characterized by a squeezing/heavy pressure in any part of your chest. As obvious as this symptom is, people still associate it with less life-threatening conditions. Don't be that person and let intense discomfort slip by.
2. Pain in upper body
That includes unexpected parts of your body such as your arms, neck, back, or even your jaw. These are more common in women and is typically brushed off because the pain isn't located in the chest. The pain may vary from being sharp and mild but will gradually worsen if help doesn't come urgently.
3. Pain in the Stomach
Yes, there is a lot of pain. In almost every part of your body. Spreading even as far as your abdomen. Tightness and pressure in your stomach is also a symptom of a heart attack, which is usually mistaken as acid reflux or a bad meal. The next time you have a serious stomachache, don't take it too lightly.
4. Nausea and shortness of breath
These are mostly accompanied by the symptoms mentioned above and is said to be the same as "running a marathon" but randomly having shortness of breath without doing anything.
5. Sweating and Fatigue
Very subtle symptoms thus normally overlooked. It is a tired feeling in the chest similar to being nauseous, and people will only take aspirin or other painkillers to wait for the pain to subside. Call for help immediately if this occurs along with any of the symptoms above.
The best solution is prevention and being prepared. Always keep track of your health and have regular checkups to know your risks of heart diseases. Living a healthy lifestyle and watching what you eat is the best prevention method not only for heart attacks but for other diseases as well.
Lastly, it's a big deal to be able to learn what to do in case of sudden heart attacks. Take first aid classes and educate yourself on how to save a life. There's one in the Chicago area, CPR Associates, Inc., and many other sites all around the country. Just sayin'.
Call now at 773-973-6933 to refresh your life saving training!