Here are some practical pointers you should always remember regarding the dreaded disease:
- Avoid things that trigger a heart attack in the first place.
- Be aware of the symptoms.
In most cases, you may also feel pain or uneasiness in certain areas of your body such as your arms, chest, jaws, neck, teeth, or upper abdomen. Women, in particular, are prone to nausea.
- What to do during an impending heart attack.
If you have a bottled oxygen with you, use it.
In case there is a nearby hospital in your location, get in touch with them right away. Tell them the symptoms you’re feeling and follow any instructions they tell you.
Let your family members, friends, or neighbors be aware of your condition. More importantly, keep their numbers on speed dial so you can easily contact them whenever necessary.
If you are driving, pull over to avert disaster. This is crucial because medical experts say it only takes a few seconds to pass out.
If you are on an airplane, tell the flight attendant if you feel an imminent attack. Most airline personnel are trained to administer first aid and CPR plus they often carry medications onboard.
Most importantly, try to remain relaxed. Panicking can make your situation worse. Try to breathe slowly and keep calm as much as you can. If needed, lie down on a couch or the floor and raise your legs upward so you can breathe much easier.