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Heart Attack

Someone having a heart attack may experience any or all of the following symptoms:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness or squeezing pain in the center of the chest
  • Prolonged pain in the upper abdomen
  • Discomfort or pain spreading beyond the chest to the shoulders, neck, jaw, teeth, or one ror both arms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness, dizziness, fainting
  • Sweating
  • Nausea

A heart attack generally causes chest pain for more than 15 minutes, but it can also have no symptoms at all. Many people who experience a heart attack have warning signs hours, days or weeks in advance.

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What you should do if someone is having a heart attack?

  • Phone your emergency response number
  • Have the person sit quietly
  • Unless the person is allergic let them chew or swallow an aspirin
  • Begin CPR if the person is unconscious

If you notice that someone is choking it is important to contact your local paramedical services as soon as possible to ensure that the person gets medical treatment to ensure that there were no internal damage obtained.