Two Things to Do Immediately If Someone Has a Heart Attack
A heart attack can strike anyone, anywhere, at any time. Many people think it will never happen to them. Then, the next thing they know they’re a patient on the critical care unit. I hope you never need this information and, chances are good, that if you’ve been following my heart health advice over the years, you won’t.
But none of us ever knows when we may find ourselves riding alongside a friend, neighbor, or loved one in an ambulance, praying for their survival. Should this happen to you, or someone you know, I want you to have the information you need so you can handle it.
If someone near you has a heart attack, here are two things you want to do right away:
1. Call for an ambulance—immediately! Time is of the essence when you’re dealing with the heart. People who get to the emergency room within a half hour of a MI have a far better chance of recovery than those who arrive hours later.
2. Give the person an aspirin to chew on until the ambulance arrives. Not ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or another pain reliever—but an aspirin, which helps to thin the blood.
Once you’re at the hospital, things will move very quickly. Ideally, you want an experienced cardiologist or an emergency room physician who is accustomed to giving clot-busting drugs. But if you’re at a rural hospital, any M.D. is better than no M.D., and it’s far less risky to work with someone who’s not your first choice than it is to be transferred when your condition is acute and unstable.
Now it’s your turn: Have you or someone you know had a heart attack?
You May Also Be Interested In:
Enjoy What You've Just Read?
Get it delivered to your inbox! Signup for E-News and you'll get great content like you've just read along with other great tips and guides for Dr. Sinatra!
Meet Dr. Sinatra
Dr. Stephen Sinatra is a highly respected and sought-after cardiologist and nutritionist with more than 30 years of clinical practice, research, and study. His integrative approach to heart health focuses on reducing inflammation in the body and maximizing the heart's ability to produce and use energy. More About Dr. Sinatra
Dr. Stephen Sinatra's Favorites
Doctor-recommended support for healthy cholesterol ratios, blood pressure & overall heart health
Refuel your cellular engines for efficient heart function
Strength, energy, endurance--get the targeted nutrient support a man needs most
Stay youthful, healthy, vibrant and balanced with nutrient support designed to meet a woman's needs