Do you know what to do if you see someone collapse?
Do you know the difference between a Heart Attack and a Sudden Cardiac Arrest?
As an American Heart Association Heartsaver/BLS Instructor for AED Institute and Hawaii Heart Foundation, I certify people on a weekly basis – but you DON’T NEED TO BE CERTIFIED TO SAVE A LIFE. You just need to know what to do. Since February is Heart Month, I just wanted to share some quick information that may mean the difference between life and death. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW.
I’ve outlined the BASICS of what we teach about what to do if a person collapses or if you suspect someone is having a heart attack. I encourage you to take a CPR awareness class that also teaches Hands Only™ CPR. If you live in Hawaii, please contact me and I can arrange training for you and/or your company, school or community group.
Disclaimer: This post is for casual informational purposes and should not be regarded as medical advice. For more information and specific guidelines, visit the American Heart Association website. AED Institute and Hawaii Heart Association are not affiliated with American Heart Association – but we teach their guidelines and science.
WHAT IS A HEART ATTACK?
A heart attack is a PLUMBING problem in the heart.
- Discomfort, pressure, heaviness, or pain in the chest, arm, or below the breastbone
- Discomfort radiating to the back, jaw, throat, or arm
- Fullness, indigestion, or choking feeling (may feel like heartburn)
- Sweating, nausea, vomiting, or dizziness
- Extreme weakness, anxiety, or shortness of breath
- Rapid or irregular heartbeats
VICTIM IS NORMALLY AWAKE & CAN RESPOND.
WHAT TO DO:
- Call 911.
- Have the patient sit or lie down.
- Give or take 2 low dose aspirin (be sure patient did not have a stroke or has an allergy to aspirin).
WHAT IS A SUDDEN CARDIAC ARREST (SCA)?
A Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an ELECTRICAL problem in the heart.
SYMPTOMS (are sudden and immediate):
- Sudden collapse
- No pulse
- No breathing
- Loss of conciousnes
VICTIM IS UNRESPONSIVE.
WHAT TO DO:
- SHAKE AND SHOUT “Hey, Hey! Are you okay?”
- If victim does not respond, CALL 911 & GET AN AED. Or have someone call & get an AED.
- PUSH HARD & FAST – in the center of the chest, between the nipples. If the victim moans or groans – STOP.
- Continue to do CPR until the AED arrives. USE THE AED.
- Continue to do CPR and use the AED until emergency responders arrive and tap you on the shoulder.