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The #1 Killer

Many heart attacks can be prevented; learn to reduce the risk:
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat properly.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
Symptoms – watch for these signs:
(A conscious heart attack patient can usually speak to you)
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Ashen skin colour
  • Weakness
Action:

Remember, the first two hours are most important. Take positive action. Expect denial–be persistent in giving assistance. If the signals persist for two minutes or longer … sit the person down, reassure him or her and send for an ambulance.