If you or someone you love is experiencing heart attack symptoms, the only
answer is to get
emergency care as fast as you can. When treatment is delayed, more heart tissue is allowed
to die, which can lead to long-term health impacts and even death. If
you are assisting someone who is having heart attack symptoms, here are
some things you should avoid as you are making arrangements for emergency care.
Don’t Give Any Medications
Many people believe that you should give a person who is having heart
attack symptoms an aspirin, but in reality, you shouldn’t administer
any medications except for
heart medications that have been prescribed for the person, such as nitroglycerine tablets.
Giving any other medications could not only lead to choking, but could
also interfere with the medications the emergency care team is able to provide.
Don’t Wait and See
Heart attack symptoms aren’t always severe and dramatic, especially
in the early stages of the attack. By reacting quickly when symptoms strike,
you could drastically reduce the amount of damage done to the heart. Taking
a wait-and-see approach to heart attack symptoms only allows further damage
to happen to heart tissue. Go to the hospital for emergency care as soon
as symptoms appear. It is much better to go to the hospital and find out
that a heart attack isn’t to blame for the symptoms than it is wait
for them to get worse.
Don’t Be Convinced the Situation Isn’t Serious
The ER at
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center
is available to provide life-saving emergency care around the clock for
heart attacks, strokes, and other medical crises. Call us today at (818)
676-4321 to learn more about our emergency care services in West Hills
as well as our other hospital services.
It’s natural for someone who could be having a heart attack to want
to minimize or deny their symptoms, but don’t be convinced that
you shouldn’t get help. Insist on calling 911 for emergency medical
care whenever someone is having heart attack symptoms.