HeartSaver First Aid Class, St. Louis

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[St. Louis]  Being certified in HeartSaver First Aid by the American Heart Association may be one of the most important certifications you can hold, especially for the people around you. First Aid classes teach you injury emergency such as how to deal with broken bones, sprains, and wound care. You will also learn about environmental emergencies such as poison and bite situations. Finally you will study medical emergencies which include blood sugar control, stroke, fainting, and heart attacks.

Here we would like to take some time to talk about First aid management for a heart attack. The first priority is to call 911 or your local emergency hotline number. Inform the 911 call taker about the situation and the location. Then assist the victim into sitting position and let them rest. The preference would be to place the victim in a well ventilated area or room. Also try to decrease any additional stressors such as switching off bright lights or choosing a silent room. Follow the instructions given to you by the 999 operator. If the person stops breathing and does not have a heart beat, then HeartSaver CPR should be started immediately  And finally, never allow the victim drive on his or her own.


The signs of an impending heart attack

The most common sign, chest pain, is felt at the center or at the left side of the chest that lasts for a few minutes, goes away and then comes back. This can be described as squeezing or an uncomfortable pressure or fullness which ranges from mild pain to severe pain. Heart attack is often confused with heartburn so it is very important to distinguish it carefully. Heart attack is also confused with angina but with angina, the chest pain starts with exertion lasts for a few minutes and then goes away with rest. But with heart attack, the pain does not go away even when you are already resting.

  • Pain is radiating to both or one of the upper extremities, the back, jaw, neck and even the upper part of the stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Light headedness
  • Cold sweat
  • Difficulty of breathing that either happens before chest pain or with chest pain
    • Fatigue

Heart attacks usually happen with a sudden chest pain that is crushing but this is not the same for everyone. Every single individual has their own rating of pain and some even disregards the chest pain they experience. There is also another type of a heart attack which is asymptomatic labeling it as a silent killer. 

In the prevention of a heart attack eating the right foods (i.e. diet) is key. Eat food that is good for your heart to strengthen and nourish for it to function properly and avoid heart diseases. Green leafy vegetables, oats, fruits such as plums, avocado and blueberries, as well as legumes are the best examples. Exercise regularly to keep healthy by promoting good circulation on your body. At least exercise duration of 30 minutes a day and three days a week can help your body fit and healthy. If your body exceeds the normal weight then do extra work and lose those lbs. 

Quit smoking! Smoking immediately increases the blood pressure levels that is why smoking cessation is important especially those who have family histories or those who are already hypertensive. And finally, manage stress. Stress and extreme emotions can increase the chances of a heart attack.

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