Heart Attacks

A heart attack is´┐Żaloss of blood flow to the muscle of the heart, often caused by atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries. If it is prolonged, a heart attack may cause permanent loss of heart muscle.

Symptoms

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest.
  • Pai spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms.
  • Chest discomfort
  • Anxiety, nervousness and/or cold, sweaty skin.
  • Paleness
  • Increased or irregular heart rate.
  • Feeling of impending doom

Immediate Treatment

  • Call the emergancy services
  • Give asprin to thin the blood
  • Be prepared to give CPR

Emergency services may recommend the patient to take nitroglycerin tablets or patches, in case these are available, particularly if they had prior heart attacks or angina.

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