How to Survive a Heart Attack
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were all alone, and heart attack symptoms hit?
In this article, we look at how to survive a heart attack when you’re alone.
Recognize the Symptoms
First, you want to be aware of the symptoms:
- Severe chest pain (like squeezing, or a heaviness, or pressing) at the central or left part of the chest, lasting usually for at least 20 minutes. The pain may also radiate to the left upper arm, neck or jaw.
- Profuse sweating and a feeling of impending doom.
Other symptoms may include shortness of breath, mild chest pain, nausea, vomiting and pain in the upper central part of your abdomen.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s time to get help and get to the hospital.
First Things First
If you are able, you should call 911 immediately.
You will need help immediately to save your heart muscle. If you’re in a vehicle, pull over and call 911 – don’t continue driving.
Take an Aspirin
Some studies show that taking aspirin (a blood thinner) can improve your chances at survival. Speak with your doctor at your next appointment to learn if this is an option for you.
By taking an aspirin during a heart attack, you may help prevent the clot in your blood vessel from getting bigger, thus giving your body a chance to break it down.
You may have read that coughing when alone can save you from a heart attack. Please take note of the following information from the American Heart Association:
Please note that this article does not constitute a doctor’s advice. Please consult your physician if you feel you are at risk of suffering a heart attack.