Your Heart Attack “To Do” List
When chest pain strikes, don’t delay in calling 911. The risk of a heart attack is real. More than one million people in the U.S. suffer a heart attack each year. You need to respond to symptoms within an hour. Save your life or the life of someone you love with this information.
Survive a Heart Attack
1. Recognize the symptoms
2. Call 911 immediately
3. Chew an aspirin while waiting for EMS
Don’t drive. Call 911 for an ambulance. Your treatment will begin much faster with the Emergency team!
About Taking Aspirin
· Take within 30 minutes of symptoms
· Chew slowly
· Take a 325 mg adult dose ( a full aspirin)
· Uncoated is best
· Other pain relievers won’t help (Advil, Tylenol)
“Time is muscle. If you don’t get to the hospital immediately, a larger portion of your heart muscle is damaged”.
· Know the signs of a heart attack
· Heart patient? Ask about nitroglycerin
· Family member at risk? Learn CPR
· Always have aspirin on hand
· Alert family and friends to warning signs and calling 911
Top Reasons People Delay Calling 911
· Embarrassment or fear of “looking silly”
· Denial or confusion
· Responsibilities – don’t want to “stop their lives”
· Don’t recognize symptoms
· Expect a dramatic “chest-clutching” event
· Mistake symptoms for heartburn
Know the Symptoms
Everyone is different. You may only have one to two symptoms.
· Sudden, increasing chest pain/pressure (angina)
· Pain spreading from to jaw, throat, arm, back or belly
· Sweating/cold sweat
· Shortness of breath
· Feelings of indigestion/heartburn
· Rapid or irregular heartbeats
· Extreme fatigue/weakness
Prevent a Heart Attack
· Exercise regularly
· Eat a heart-healthy diet
· Don’t smoke
· Find stress reduction activities that work for you
· Know your family’s heart health history
· Talk to your doctor about your risks
10 minutes of brisk exercise a day can reduce your risk of heart attack by almost 50 percent!
The Hard Facts
1 Heart Attack is the #1 cause of death for men and women
34 - Every 34 seconds someone in the U.S. has a heart attack
40% - Every year, 40% of heart attacks are fatal
1 – One hour – recommended amount of time to get to the ER from onset of symptoms!
1 in 5 – Only 1 in 5 people makes it to the ER within an hour of symptoms