Date Added: May 07, 2010 12:10:43 AM
Author: infolona.articles
Category: Computers & Internet

We always hear stories of people who died of heart attack because of delayed medical attention. It has become a necessity that each one of us is trained on basic first aid and emergency care. Heart attack patients can be saved if immediate medical attention is provided. Heart attacks occur when normal blood circulation from the arteries to the heart is blocked. Studies by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) show that India will be the capital for heart attack by 2020. It is also shocking that most people die within the first one hour after showing the symptoms of heart attack. Therefore, knowing the symptoms and seeking immediate medical attention will save you a precious life. Most common symptoms of heart attack are chest pain, cold sweat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing. There is a general tendency to consider these preliminary symptoms as gastric trouble. Even if you have a history of gastric problems, these symptoms should not be avoided. Do consult a doctor to avoid further complications. Help yourself- 1. Carry your medicines If you have a history of heart attack, always carry your medicines when you travel. It is also best to carry a note which instructs how you take them. This will be helpful for others to give you first aid in case you are unconscious. If you are allergic to medicines such as aspirin, mention that as well. Write down the ambulance number in the note as it will be helpful for the person who is trying to assist you. 2. Repeated coughing If you are alone and you experience such symptoms, try coughing repeatedly. Coughing helps the heart to start beating normally again. This helps control the situation a bit. In the meantime, cry out for help. Help others- 1. Make the patient comfortable If you see someone showing heart attack symptoms, help the person sit down and relax. It is very important to make sure the patient is not tensed. Call an ambulance immediately. Loosen any tight clothing. If possible, raise the patient’s legs up, to allow more blood to flow towards the heart. Press your hand on the patient’s chest in a pumping motion two or three times. This is to help increase the heart beat again. 2. Artificial respiration and CPR Give artificial respiration. If you are trained in giving first aid, you will already know how to provide mouth to mouth resuscitation. CPR or Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is the next important thing. You need to press on the patient’s chest rhythmically to manually pump blood through the heart. Thus, it helps create artificial circulation of blood through these chest compressions. Again, a trained person in CPR will be able to do this the right way. While it is important to know about all these remedies, it is also vital to prevent possible attacks. Try to avoid stress, exposure to extreme weather conditions (especially cold), smoking etc. Keep your cholesterol and blood pressure controlled. Like the lyrics of a song says, ‘if you can’t be good, be careful.’ For more information, please refer the Healthcare section of Infolona (www.infolona.com)
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