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Indications for a Heart Attack

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Heart attack occurs when the supply of blood and oxygen to an area on the heart muscle is blocked, usually by a clot in the coronary artery. Heart attack is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide. However, if the indications are recognized early and proper medications are given, the person’s life can be saved to a large extent.

Indications for a Heart Attack

The indications for a heart attack include:

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  • Pain or discomfort in the centre of the chest that can last for more than few minutes.
  • The chest discomfort may come and go and can have a feeling of uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in the other areas of the upper body which may include one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or the stomach.
  • Sudden weakness followed with sweating and fainting.
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold
  • Nausea
  • Light headiness

In case of heart attack, following measures can be taken:

  • Give the patient a non-coated Aspirin
  • Raise the legs up 12 to 18 inches to allow more blood to flow towards the heart
  • To make the heart beat again, place the palm of your one hand on the chest of the patient over the lower part of the breast bone and press your hand in a pumping motion one or two times.
  • Immediately call ambulance. Do not self drive.
  • Try to provide artificial respiration.
  • Try to keep the patient calm.
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