Jessamine County Coroner

Survive a Heart Attack

A heart attack is caused by blockage of one or more of the coronary arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. This occurs when a blood clot forms in the artery.

Signs that you may be suffering a heart attack:

~A dull pain or heavy pressure sensation in the center of the chest.

~Aching in the jaw and/or arm (usually the left arm).

~Nausea

~Perfuse sweating


It should be noted, while these symptoms are common they do not always occur, and other less common symptoms may occur as well.

What to do if these symptoms do occur:

~Call 911 immediately, without waiting to see if the symptoms go away. If it is a heart attack, time wasted often results in a life lost.

~Unless EMS is not readily available, never try driving yourself or have someone else drive you to the hospital. If your situation worsens on the way, they will have no way of assisting you.

~Many health-care practitioners recommend taking an aspirin immediately to thin the blood and help reduce any clotting in your coronary arteries.

~If you have been prescribed Nitroglycerin for chest pain (Angina), immediately use it as directed.

~If you have a known heart problem, make sure the EMS personnel are told about it, and if possible they should be given your medications to take to the hospital with you.

~Always have all of your prescription medications readily available and in one place in the house, so they can be quickly gathered up in an emergency.

~Always know the name of your family physician and heart doctor, if you have one.
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