Heart attacks can happen any time.
If you were to suffer a heart attack while in the company of people, calling out for help is probably the first instinctive thing you’d do. But what if a heart attack happened when you’re alone, would you likely survive it? The answer may surprise you.
Recognising symptoms of a heart attack.
To know if you’re suffering from a heart attack, you first need to be able to identify its symptoms. Classical symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Severe chest pain (like squeezing, or a heaviness, or pressing) at the central or left part of the chest, lasting usually for at least 20 min. The pain may also radiate to the left upper arm, neck or jaw.
- Profuse sweating and a feeling of impending doom.
- Shortness of breath
- Mild chest pain
- Pain in the epigastric region (upper central portion of the abdomen)
What to do when a heart attack occurs?
The things I’ll be listing below are for people who may or may not be alone at the time they have a heart attack. Ideally you’ll live a heart friendly lifestyle so you’ll never be in this situation.
So here are some things to consider doing if you feel like you’re having a heart attack:
- Take deep breaths and coughing.
- Take cayenne pepper, Magnesium Taurate
- Apply ice directly above each ear.
- Apply intense pressure with your thumb directly on the heart access point on the bottom of your left foot.
What you could do while waiting for medical help to arrive
Large studies have also shown that taking an aspirin – the most commonly taken blood thinning medication in the world – during a heart attack improves survival.
If you have aspirin at home, and you know that you are not allergic to it, then you could consider taking it while waiting for the emergency medical services to arrive.