Is it a Heart Attack? Don’t Die of Doubt

It wasn’t a jailbreak. But it looked like it. Eight prisoners shackled together broke down the door to their holding cell in Weatherford, Texas. Then they rushed the prison guard, shouting and making as much noise as possible. It was the only thing they could think of. One minute their prison guard was talking and joking. The next minute, he fell over. He was having a heart attack.

Fortunately, the inmates’ quick thinking saved his life. Prison officials rushed in. They performed CPR and shocked his heart to start beating again. And he lived.

Do you know the warning signs of a heart attack?

Every 42 seconds someone in the United States has a heart attack. When someone has a heart attack, getting treated as soon as possible can be the difference between life or death. But not everyone knows the warning signs.  It’s one reason Texas launched the “Don’t Die of Doubt” campaign. The most common warning signs of a heart attack include:

Chest pain or discomfort, usually in the center or left side of the chest.

Upper body discomfort. Some people have pain in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach.

Shortness of breath, even without being physically active. It often comes on suddenly, and can happen with or without pain or discomfort.

Sweating, nausea, or lightheadedness. These can happen with or without chest pain or pressure.

If you or someone else shows warning signs of a heart attack, call 9-1-1. It’s the best way to get help, get to a hospital, and survive a heart attack.

Content courtesy Central Carolina Hospital. www.centralcarolinahosp.com.

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