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Heart Attacks


Heart disease affects the arteries leading to and within the heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four deaths in America is related to heart disease

The American Heart Association defines a heart attack as occurring when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped. This happens when arteries that supply the heart with blood become thicker and harder from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances. If the buildup breaks open and a blood clot forms, it blocks the blood flow and a heart attack occurs.”

Signs of a Heart Attack
According to the American Heart Association

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

If You Suspect You or Someone Else is Having a Heart Attack

  • Call 911, DON’T WAIT!
  • Stay calm. Reassure the victim. Tell them that help is on the way.
  • Keep the person comfortable
  • Gather medication and medical history for responders

Preparing for any medical emergency by knowing your address and teaching children their address, properly marking the front of your residence so responders can easily see your address, having medical information available and learning CPR and the use of an AED (Automatic external defibrillator)


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