What to do if you’re having a heart attack

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Charleston, S.C. (WCBD) – It’s a scary thought… experiencing a heart attack when you’re all alone. News 2’s Temple Ricke met up with an ER physician to learn how to manage the situation.

First and foremost, it’s important to be extremely cautious when it comes to your heart health; if you think you’re having an issue, get evaluated as quickly as you can. 

Dr. Matt Blue explains that symptoms in men and women will vary, “Men usually have pressure or a squeezing sensation that may be associated with nauseous, shortness of breath, cold sweats, sense of impending doom. Something bad is going on. Women will frequently present differently. They may just have a sense of not feeling well, shortness of breath or inability to perform whatever exercise or daily life they would do just doesn’t work well for them o whatever day.”

If these symptoms occur, taking aspirin isn’t a substitute for treatment. “The sooner it’s in your system the sooner it’s going to start helping the platelets from sticking together and making whatever clot might be in your heart… Preventing it from getting bigger and causing more damage.” It’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately and put yourself in a position where you can be helped.

Often times people forget to unlock their doors for paramedics which will result in a delay of care. Dr. Blue explains, “If you can get to the door, unlock the door; get to the front porch… When they arrive they’ll have easy access to you. Those are key things. But I think the take-home is that if you’re having chest pains and worried it’s a hard attack you’ve got to get an aspirin in your system and call 911 and get to the emergency room”.

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