- First Aid
Attacking the Heart Attack for Survival
The last thing an athlete, jogger\hiker, swimmer,mountain climber and so on expects is the BIG one. Being in shape or an athlete, like youth, seems to provide the false illusion of health and that a heart attack is not possible. Yet, it happens. Just recently, to an international soccer player, mid-thirties in Italy, kicked one hell of a shot that kicked his life. Dead on the field. Joggers running 3-6 miles daily for eons suddenly collapse. Dead at the scene.
For some reason, most think heart victims are for the older groups, those not in shape and totally out of shape. Then, there are the many who are doing an activity and suddenly feel a pain in the chest, a rapid heart beat, slight dizziness or a pain that radiates to the left arm or back. For a split second, they think heart attack? Stroke? Oh, God, not now! I'm not ready, too young! As fast as they think of what it might be, the harmless episode vanishes like wind. They sigh relief dismissing it as "nothing". Maybe it happens while doing absolutely nothing, lying in bed.
Most people that suffer the mild heart attack symptoms shrug the above event off. Maybe it happens infrequently but there is also an aversion to going to the doctor about it because of embarrassment, shame, or making too much about it. The odd thing is that people treat the minor symptoms as nothing and treat a job meeting or other event with much more urgent.
The heart attack usually occurs out of nowhere. It can be sudden or the slow build up with the usual symptoms. Almost 500,000 die every year form them. Doctors are now seeing many more in the 20-40 age group due to bad diets stemming from childhood. If you spend more than four hours a day in front of the computer\TV, you double the risk for it.
Know your cholesterol readings: You want <100 in LDL, or bad cholesterol, while over 60 in HDL (good cholesterol) and blood pressure less than 120\80. Don't smoke and not over weight. You only need three hours a week of brisk activity, how about at least 10 minutes a day? Basically prolonged sitting is bad for you. That is what researchers found after a study of 4500 people.
If you have one, or think it could be, eat a full strength aspirin, chew it to allow it to enter the blood faster. Call 911 and pray you get to the hospital within one hour. For women, the usual symptom is a sharp pain in the back between the shoulder blades. In a study of female victims, 71% had only flulike symptoms and no chest pain.