Heart Attack Emergency

Warren Selkow, Survivor

If you think you are having a Heart Attack and you have come to this page looking for help, here it is.

The first thing you must do is check the list of symptoms which are

  • Squeezing or heavy pressure of your chest
  • The feeling you have a tight band around your chest
  • Pain in your chest, back, neck, shoulder, jaw and left arm (the pain does not have to be severe or you may have little or no pain).  You do not have to be suffering pain in all the above at the same time.
  • The feeling something very heavy is pressing down on your chest
  • Bad indigestion accompanied with lots of belching and burping or severe heartburn
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Cough
  • Fainting or passing out
  • Lightheadedness and or dizziness
  • Palpitations which is rapid beating of the heart
  • Sweating which may be extreme
  • Feel panicky
  • A loss of control of some motor functions like facial expression

If you have diabetes and have no pain but many of the other symptoms or if you have any chronic disease with some or many of the above symptoms, Immediately call 911 or have someone get you to the emergency room.  If you call 911, which is the very best approach, say the following to the dispatcher:

I am having a heart attack or stroke

I live at (give your exact address) Also give the dispatcher any specific directions as to how to get to you like what room of the house you are in or if a special pass code is required.  If you cannot get to your door to let the emergency responders in, make sure you tell the dispatcher.

Ask the dispatcher to stay on the line with you until the emergency responders arrive

Tell the dispatcher which symptoms you are suffering

Tell the dispatcher how severe the pain is on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst

If you are afraid of losing consciousness tell the dispatcher.

Stay put until help gets there!

Everything you tell the dispatcher will be relayed to the emergency responders.  This is very important especially if you should pass out.

Remember to take your identification and insurance card with you.

Once done, relax.  Help is on the way.

When you get home, come back to this site.  We will be here to help you get and stay well.

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