Heart Attack Survival Tips

Portrait of a senior man suffering pain from a heart attack or cardiac pain

Each year, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack and heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in both men and women. If you or a loved one experiences heart attack symptoms, you should get to an emergency department right away (within an hour). It will mean a better recovery and quality of life for the future-and it can even safe your life.

Symptoms can vary from person to person but some of the most common are pain that spreads from the upper body (jaw, throat, and arm), sudden-increasing chest pain, sweating/dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid/irregular heartbeats, and fatigue/weakness. If you experience these signs call 9-1-1 right away. Chew an aspirin tablet why you are waiting for the ambulance. Don’t wait. Women reportedly wait 4 times longer than men to go to the emergency room. The longer you wait, the more damage to your heart and medical advances cannot change this outcome. If you have a loved-one at risk for heart attack, you should learn CPR. Learning about the warning signs to help educate your friends and family can be helpful too.

Heart attacks can be prevented by keeping a healthy diet and exercise (a small workout daily can reduce the risk of heart attack by 50%). Stopping smoking and finding other, healthy, ways to deal with stress. Knowing your family history and talking to your doctor about your risks. Heart attacks can happen at any time, and learning how to survive one, especially when alone-is crucial. Many people survive heart attacks and live active, full lives. If you find it hard to get your medicines or complete your cardiac rehabilitation program, talk with your doctor. Don’t stop the medicines or program because it can help you prevent another heart attack.