How to recognize a heart attack

Heart attack is something that we think will never happen to us. A heart attach is a serous condition that could effect your life for ever. Having the proper first aid and cpr training will give you the skills to make the difference between life and death.

Signs and symptons:

  • Pain in the chest
  • uncomfortable chest pressure
  • Burning
  • Heaviness
  • Sweating
  • Shoulder pain
  • Squeezing pain
  • Pain in the left arm
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness
  • Shortness of breath

The person having the heart attach may be feeling  just one or all the symptoms. If you think you are having a heart attack call 911 immediately or get medical attention right away. 

 Cardiovascular diseases are very prevalent in North America and this is due to the lifestyle

Common diseases are Heart Attacks & Strokes. Cardiovascular diseases develop  over a long period of time. There are some controllable factors like.

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Obesity
  4. Stress
  5. Smoking
  6. Alcohol abuse 

The major factor in these diseases is DENIAL. The non controllable factors are.

  1. Age
  2. Gender
  3. Heredity

Symptoms for stroke are

  1. Slurred speech
  2. Numbness on one side of the face and one arm and leg
  3. Nausea, vomiting 
  4. Headaches
  5. Loss of consciousness 
  6. Confusion

Remember the Acronym FAST

F FaceA ArmS SpeechT Time
Strokes are caused due to lack of blood flow to the brain. 
A temporary lack of blood flow can cause a mini stroke or TIA ( transient ischemic attach ) and a permanent lack of blood flow can cause a stroke. These are caused by a clot in the arteries or a hemorrhage. A full stroke can cause permanent damage or disability.Immediate medical help can prevent death or serious damage to a person. If you are experiencing these symptoms call 911 right away. One very important thing to remember is do not drive anyone  who is having a stoke to the hospital let the paramedics take control of the situation. The paramedics have clot busting medications( TPA) on board in case the symptoms become more serious. Revive Ems Inc

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