Heart health

Heart attack: emergency steps

This week, a 49-year-old man died after suffering a heart attack while exercising on a bicycle in the gym. Would you know what to do if you were the first one on the scene?

Take action:
Firstly, call for medical help immediately; then check if the person has a history of heart problems and if they’re on medication – if they are, help them take their medication; help them sit still, with bent knees to ease strain on the heart; talk calmly and reassuringly, and loosen any tight clothing; monitor any changes in their condition; and ensure the patient chews and swallows one aspirin, followed by some water.

Read more: Man dies of heart attack at gym

 - (Health24, September 2007)

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