How to Survive a Heart Attack when Alone

Serious health problems can happen at any time. Do you know what to do when you’re alone and have a heart attack?

These 7 important reminders might save your life if a sudden attack occurs.

1. Know the most common symptoms.
The most obvious and most common symptom of a heart attack is chest pain or discomfort, that usually occurs in the center of the chest. Others symptoms are:
- Pain in the upper body area including arms, left shoulder, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Difficulty in breathing
- Cold sweats
- Vomiting
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats.

2. Note that women's symptoms can differ. 
Even though women frequently experience chest pain and other common symptoms of heart attack, they are also more likely to experience less common symptoms, as well. These symptoms can include:
- Upper back pain or shoulder pain
- Jaw pain or pain that spreads to the jaw
- Pain that spreads to the arm
- Unusual fatigue for multiple days
- Difficulty sleeping 

3. Call for an Ambulance quickly, never drive yourself
The most important thing to do when you suspect that you are having a heart attack is to call emergency medical services. Call them first before you attempt to contact anyone else. This will almost always be the quickest way to get treatment. Emergency help can begin treatment as soon as they arrive, which is another reason why this is a better option than calling a friend or relative for help.

4. Chew on aspirin.
Chew and swallow a single 325-mg non-enteric coated aspirin tablet. This is especially effective if done within 30 minutes of your first symptoms. Aspirin inhibits platelets, which are a key component in the formation of blood clots. Taking aspirin can delay the formation of blood clots that could further block your arteries during a heart attack. Chew it. Don't swallow it.

However, if you are on a medication that interacts poorly with aspirin or have otherwise been told by your doctor not to take aspirin, do not use this treatment.

5. Remain calm
As frightening as a heart attack is, rushing around or putting yourself into a state of panic can worsen the problem. Relax as much as possible to keep your heart rate steady and calm.To calm yourself down, think of a soothing memory and assure yourself that nothings bad gonna happen. 

6. Lie down.
Lie on your back and raise your legs upward. This opens up the diaphragm, making it easier for you to breathe and supply oxygen to your blood. Make the position easier to maintain by propping your legs up on pillows or another object. You could also lie down on the floor with your legs propped up on a couch or chair.

7. Take deep, steady breaths.
Even though your natural instinct might be to take rapid breaths when you experience a heart attack, the best way to maintain a steady supply of oxygen to your blood and your heart is to take slow, deep breaths. Consider lying down in front of an open window, open door, fan, or air conditioner. Providing yourself with a consistent stream of fresh air can further help supply your heart with oxygen.

Aside from talking about medications, you should also talk with your doctor about ways to reduce your risks of experiencing further heart disease through diet, exercise, and lifestyle.

(Source: HealthXChange)
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