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Heart Attack Lessons


Given all the internet stuff related to coughing when you experience chest pains; it occurred to me that readers should be reminded of the right way to handle potential heart attack scenarios.

The statistics concerning heart attacks are sobering.

Most people discover they have heart disease when they have a heart attack. Of these people fully half won’t survive one hour!

According to a new Harris Interactive survey commissioned by PDL BioPharma, Inc.the following was noted:

  • Only two in five (40%) U.S. adults would seek medical attention if they experienced common heart attack symptoms (sickness to the stomach, lightheadedness, and pain or soreness in the arm, back or neck) for several minutes — the majority (59%) would wait and see if the symptoms passed, and only 14% would call 9-1-1.
  • Only about half of U.S. adults (56%) think calling 9-1-1 (or their 10-digit local emergency number) for an ambulance is the first step to take if they (or someone they are with) are experiencing heart attack symptoms.
  • Only 35% of U.S. adults who have been diagnosed with a heart attack, or have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with a heart attack, called 9-1-1 (or their 10-digit local emergency number) as the first step.
  • Less than half of U.S. adults (48%) realize that a heart attack can be stopped once it has begun.

“Tragically, many patients, expecting to experience sudden, crushing chest pain, don’t recognize the less dramatic symptoms of a heart attack, don’t seek prompt treatment and, therefore, don’t receive powerful life-saving therapies in time,” said William E. Boden, M.D.,national spokesperson for Act in Time, Director of Cardiovascular Clinical Trials at Hartford Hospital, and Professor of Medicine,University of Connecticut School of Medicine

According to Dr. Boden, the most common warning signs of a heart attack include discomfort or pain in the center of the chest,both arms, neck, back, stomach, or jaw. Other signs such as a cold sweat, light-headedness and nausea are also commonly reported.

Women on the other hand tend to experience less symptoms;possibly a dulling pain in their chest and numbness that spreads from the chest into the the stomach as well as the arms. Women differ from men in that they are less likely to suffer a heart attack but pose a greater risk in dying. If survived, quite often women tend to experience another heart attack shortly thereafter. This could be a result of their condition being at a more severe point by the time they experience a heart attack.

Many people make the mistake of not calling 911 when initial symptoms of a heart attack surface; they may tend to disregard the initial symptoms. The truth is the longer you delay calling 911 the less chance you have of surviving. It is essential that you call an ambulance immediately. Numbers show that the percent of individuals who suffer a heart attack will die before receiving necessary assistance.You’re better off calling 911 regardless of how severe you think your situation my be – being safe is better than being dead.
CALL 911!