In most emergency situations, a quick and precise action can help to save lives. During an onset of Heart Attack, the chances of survival repeatedly go down and risk of heart damage goes up, if timely action not taken or treatment is delayed.
A heart attack is also known as myocardial infarction (MI) which occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked do a clot. During the heart attack, cells of heart muscle don’t receive the required oxygen demand, and cells start to die within minutes. However, this damage to the heart can be prevented or lessened with a timely emergency treatment.
How to recognize the Symptoms?
It can vary from person to person. Remember, all heart attacks do not necessarily begin with the sudden, intense chest pain. Also, some of the events happen without any symptoms at all, particularly in diabetic people. Here, symptoms may appear slowly, with mild pain and discomfort. They can even happen during rest or active situation. The severity of symptoms can depend on age, gender, and medical conditions of a person.
Common warning signs may include:
- Chest discomfort with a pressure, fullness, or a squeezing chest pain that remains for more than few minutes or fades away and return repeatedly.
- Discomfort and Pain go beyond chest to other parts of upper body regions, such as in one or both arms, or your neck, back, stomach, jaw, and teeth.
- Shortness of breath (unexplained), with or without chest discomfort
Important things to consider in Emergency before the arrival of Paramedical staff:
- Keep the victim calm, and try to have them sit or lie down.
- Immediately provide a baby aspirin to chew and swallow, if he/she is not allergic to Aspirin.
- If the victim loses his/her breathing, then a CPR should be performed right away.
- It’s better to call an ambulance or the 911 operator within 5 minutes, rather than drive a victim to the hospital by yourself.
- Emergency medical services (EMS) can begin emergency treatment on the way to the hospital. They’re also trained enough to revive a victim even if his/her heart stops.
Also, create a survival plan for a heart attack including information about routine medicines, your allergies to medicines, doctor’s number, and persons to contact in case of emergency. Always keep all these information nearby you.
In emergency situations, first few hours are crucial to save your life.
At Global Heart & Super Specialty Hospital, we have a specialized INTERNAL MEDICINE AND CRITICAL CARE department to deal with all Emergency situations. When a patient with symptoms of heart attack is taken to an exam room, our commonly performed procedures involve;
- A team of expert doctors and paramedical staff examine the person carefully for physical assessment.
- Afterwards, the patient is connected to a heart monitor or electrocardiogram (EKG) which allows the medical team to constantly keep a watch on the heart’s activity.
- An IV (intravenous) line is inserted into the patient’s vein over the arm to give medicines or taking blood samples.
- A tube may be inserted through the nose to provide sufficient Oxygen supply.
For more information feel free to contact us.