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First Aid for Heart Attack: What to Do And Not to Do

By Dr. Ankur Verma in Cardiology

Mar 07 , 2022 | 1 min read

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Medical emergencies come anytime, anywhere. The time between emergency situations & the arrival of medical help is critical. The key begins with staying calm & giving first-aid before help arrives. There are some must-know Do’s and Don’ts in common emergencies.

What is Heart Attacks?

A heart attack is the interruption of blood supply to the heart which causes. It generally occurs when a blood clot completely obstructs a coronary artery supplying blood to the heart muscle.

How to Recognize Heart Attack?

Chest pain discomfort along the lines of pressure, fullness, or pain in other body parts like one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach of breath, sweating, nausea, and light-headedness.

What to Do If Heart Attack Occurs?

  1. Seek medical help immediately- Call for an ambulance
  2. Stay calm and let the person lie down
  3. Loosen clothing
  4. If not allergic, give 1 tablet of chewable aspirin
  5. Start CPR if the person becomes unconscious & stops breathing or is only gasping

What Not to Do If Heart Attack Occurs

  1. Panic
  2. Leave the person unattended
  3. Let the person drive/walk or run to the Hospital
  4. Ignore the symptoms and consider it a passing episode of Gas/acidity

Alarming Facts For Heart Attack

  1. There is one death every 4 minutes in India due to road accidents
  2. A person suffers a brain stroke, every 4 minutes
  3. A person dies every 33 seconds due to a heart attack in India

Over 70,000 lives can be potentially saved if bystanders come forward to help

Lend a helping hand with the law by your side

As per the Good Samaritan Law –

  1. You will not be liable for any civil or criminal action for any injury or death of the victim
  2. If you inform the police or emergency service regarding an injured person you can not be compelled to reveal your personal details
  3. There is the provision of disciplinary action against public officials who coerce Good Samaritan to reveal personal details

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