Would You Know What to Do?

Emergency Situations
What would you do if you witnessed — or worse, were involved in — a life-threatening situation? Learn the steps to take in case you find yourself in an emergency scenario.

What to do if someone is
hit by a car.

Lifesaving dos and don'ts during a dog attack.

Learn what to do if a child ingests a poisonous chemical.

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Heart Attack
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, about 785,000 Americans suffer their first heart attack and another 470,000 have repeated ones.

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork explains the warning signs of a heart attack and what happens to the body during one.

Typical Heart Attack Symptoms

• Chest pain
Upper body pain
Shortness of breath
Stomach pain
Cold sweats

Commonly Overlooked Heart Attack Symptoms
Abdominal pain or nausea
Neck or jaw pain

Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, untreated diabetes, obesity, stress and lack of regular exercise.

Heart attacks, however, can affect seemingly healthy people, as well. In September, Hayward Demison, a 17-year-old junior on the Central Catholic (Oregon) football team, suffered a cardiac arrest during a game.


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Lisa, a registered nurse, rushed onto the field to perform CPR and saved Hayward's life. "I was very lucky to know what to do that day," Lisa says. "I noticed there was a little bit more commotion down there than usual, and noticed that somebody had collapsed. I rushed down there to see what I could do to help."

Hayward, who is recovering from heart surgery, and his father join The Doctors from the hospital to share a special message for Lisa.

While not everyone is a trained nurse, everyone should learn what to do if someone is suffering from a heart attack:

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Check if the person is breathing
Check for a pulse
Raise legs 18 inches off the ground to allow blood to flow towards the heart
Chest compressions
If these actions don't restore a pulse, perform CPR until an ambulance arrives
If the person regains consciousness, give him or her aspirin to thin the blood

Don't panic — take action and dial 911
Don't leave the person alone
Don't allow the person to convince you not to call for medical help
Don't wait to see if the symptoms will go away

Nearly 4,600 people die each year from choking. But what happens if you are the one choking and you are alone? Get the information to save your life, or someone else's.

Learn how to use a chair to save your own life if
you're choking.

Find out how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver and open up a person's airways.

Learn how to lower your child's risk of choking.


Food Choking Hazards for Kids


Ten percent of drownings occur within 25 yards of another person. Find out what you can do if you see someone helpless in the water.

Poolside hazards

Hot dogs
Hard candies

Meal Choking Prevention Tips
Eat slowly
Limit alcohol at dinner
Take small bites
Chew thoroughly
Don't talk with a full mouth
Supervise children during meals


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OAD 10/28/10