Recognize the signs (editorial)
London Community News
Heart disease is one of the top killers in Canada, claiming more than 40,000 lives per year.
A person’s chance of surviving a sudden cardiac event decreases drastically the longer he or she waits to get medical attention.
That’s why, in recognition of February as Heart Month, St. John Ambulance is reminding everyone of the signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
Knowing them could help you save someone near and dear to your heart.
Signs and symptoms include:
• Pain that can be described as heaviness, tightness, squeezing, pressure, crushing, indigestion;
• Aching jaw, sore arm or upper back pain;
• Pale skin;
• Nausea or vomiting;
• Shortness of breath;
• Or shock.
If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Make the person comfortable by loosening tight clothing around her or his neck, chest and waist; if he or she takes heart medication, assist them in taking it; and if she or her loses consciousness and stops breathing, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
On average, it takes 4.5 hours for someone having a heart attack to realize he or she should get medical help.
Don’t delay. If you suspect you may be having a heart attack, get to the hospital immediately.
The sooner you get there, the better chance of survival.