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Do You Know The Symptoms Of A Heart Attack?

Today I found this interesting article  where a man’s life was saved after talking with a friend during a game of smart phone scrabble. To quote Ozarks First blog:

Blue Springs, Missouri resident Beth Legler Started playing -Words with Friends- on her cellphone more than 2 years ago. And that’s where she met Georgie and Simon Fletcher From Australia.

While playing the game together Fletcher mentioned Simon wasn’t feeling well and described some of his symptoms.

Beth’s husband Larry is a doctor. He immediately diagnosed Simon and made it clear – he needed to get to a hospital.
Simon had a 99 percent blockage near his heart. Had they not gone to the hospital that day, there was a good chance he would have died.

“Had Larry not sent that message I don’t think Simon would have gone to the doctor that day.”

What are the symptoms of a heart attack?

By far the most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain. In particular most people say it has a crushing quality “like an elephant is sitting on your chest”.

Sometimes the pain can radiate down the left arm and up into the jaw. This can sometimes just be tingling or an unusual feeling in the arm or jaw.

Other common symptoms of a heart attack can include:

  • shortness of breath
  • nausea or vomiting
  • racing or uneven pulse
  • burping or heart burn sensations
  • feeling dizzy or light headed
  • cold clammy skin

If you are living with diabetes, long term pain or other medical issues the symptoms of heart attack can be very subtle and on occasion you may have no chest pain at all. This can delay people seeking help which can lead to further damage to the heart.

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Should I call an ambulance?

Call an ambulance immediately if your chest pain:

  • Is new or severe
  • Happens along with shortness of breath
  • Lasts more than a few minutes
  • Gets worse when you walk, climb stairs, or do other types of physical activity
  • Scares or worries you

It’s vital you call an ambulance. Do not drive yourself to the hospital, do not walk to the hospital. Doing this can put the heart under more strain and cause further damage.

If you have chest pain and are worried in any way at all call an ambulance!

Below are  numbers for calling an ambulance.

Australia : 000
USA: 911
UK: 999
New Zealand: 111
Other Countries are listed here 

Getting to a hospital or doctor quickly can make a significant difference in outcomes from a heart attack.
Remember, if you have any chest pain, chest discomfort, or pain down the arms or jaw, it’s vital to seek help immediately.

Yours in good health.

Dr George

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