If You Know The Signs of Heart Attack, You Can Save Lives
My sister saved my father’s life when he had a heart attack!
They were at a day-long symposium, when during the lunch break, dad suddenly complained of discomfort and had a sudden urge to use the toilet. When he returned a few minutes later, he was sweating profusely.
He didn’t complain of chest pain, but my sister knew the signs of heart attack, and was aware that diabetics can have an acute coronary syndrome without any pain.
What she did next saved his life. Without wasting a minute, she rushed him to hospital. Only on the short drive there did she call to let others in the family know.
The result was that, within 15 minutes of the onset of symptoms, my father was safely inside the emergency room of a specialty hospital, being examined by a cardiologist who diagnosed a heart attack.
Treatment was initiated instantly and a massive myocardial infarction which could have killed him only left him with some heart failure and a couple of weeks in hospital.
He lived for ten more years.
Why You Should Know Signs of Heart Attack
Every year, in the United States alone, 1.2 million people will have a heart attack. Many of them die, often within the first hour, before they even reach hospital. If you know signs of heart attack and can recognize an episode quickly, you can help prevent death.