How to Survive a Heart Attack

Today more people are able to survive a  heart   attack  compared to 20-25 years ago, thanks to the medical community raising awareness about the causes of a  heart   attack  and how to prevent the causes of a  heart   attack . Licensed Medical Professionals that are faced with the emergency of a patient with a life threatening episode of a  heart   attack  have been trained in an ACLS course, that instructs the health care provider in how to save lives with these algorithms that the American  Heart  Association endorses.

In order to survive a  heart   attack  it is also important to recognize the symptoms. Keep in mind that the symptoms vary among individuals and differ in men and women. The heart vessels in women have been found to be smaller than the men. Therefore their symptoms may consist of pressure or may be described as “feels like an elephant is setting on top of my chest”. The ACLS course will elaborate on other symptoms that are most common such as jaw pain, chest pain that radiates down the left arm, pain in the middle of the back, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, at times the pain may be in both arms, and feeling like they can not breathe. Burning in the right and left arms may be described also.

It is also best to seek emergency help when experiencing any of the symptoms, even symptoms of indigestion that is severe. If you know you have high blood pressure, or high cholesterol these are other risk factors that indicate for you to seek medical care immediately. If you do not have any reason to not to an aspirin, such as any allergies or stomach ulcers, it is recommended to take one aspirin. The aspirin will help in thinning the blood, so that if there is a blockage in the vessels of the heart, the blood will be thin enough to pass through some of the blockage, saving the heart muscle from further damage. ACLS course is highly recommended to all health care professionals that provide direct care to patients that have a license, such as nurses, doctors, paramedics, etc.

Last but not least, keep follow up appointments with your primary care physician or cardiologist to have routine blood work that will identify any issues with coronary artery disease, such as cholesterol levels. Also if you are taking medications for cholesterol, liver tests have to be monitored periodically. Consider taking an ACLS course to increase the knowledge of providing emergency care to patients to enable them to have a viable outcome and a healthier outcome. A change in diet and exercise will help strengthen the heart muscle and help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels too. Choose a diet low in fat and bake or broil food when possible. Avoid red meats, liver, and place chicken and fish in the diet with lots of green leafy vegetable.