I'm taking a 32 hour class on becoming a Red Cross First Aid, CPR/AED Instructor. And because I think that you personally are worth saving, I'm hijacking this writing blog to share this non-writing information with more people. This is tonight's homework assignment (besides the test and the 72 pages of reading):
DO YOU KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK??
-persistent chest pain or pressure (starting under the breast bone) that lasts longer than 3 to 5 minutes or that goes away and comes back.
-chest pain spreading to shoulders, neck, back, jaw, stomach, or arms.
-shortness of breath or trouble breathing.
-nausea or vomiting.
-dizziness, light-headedness, or fainting.
-pale, ashen (grayish) or bluish skin.
-denial of signals.
Women are FAR more likely to experience some of the other warning signals than men, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Women are far LESS likely to have heart attacks, but are FAR more likely to DIE because they delay seeking help/treatment for 4 to 6 hours because they don't want to be a burden to others by worrying them.
GET HELP AT THE FIRST SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK.
If you see someone who is having symptoms of a heart attack, call 911. Better to be safe than sorry. If you are having symptoms of a heart attack, do not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Get help or call 911.
Now that you know, tell someone else. See how many lives we can save by telling people what to look for.