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.
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
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• 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.
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:
• 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
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• 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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