You can save a life!
You must have witnessed one or more medical emergencies in your life. Do you stand hopeless, knowing nothing about what to do? Don’t lose hope. Here’s a complete guide of things you need to do when you see someone having a heart attack or stroke.
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You can save a life just by acting smart. Your act of kindness won’t go in vain.
1. Heart Attack
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in arms, neck, teeth and jaw
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What to do?
Don’t let the person walk or move
Give the person a dissolvable aspirin in water.
Call the ambulance immediately and tell them exactly that the person is having a heart attack.
If the person is fainting, ask them to cough, this will keep them in consciousness.
If the breathing stops, do the CPR immediately.
When you think it is a stroke, you need to act fast. And remember these symptoms.
- F: Face Drooping
- A: Arm Weakness
- S: Speech Difficulty
- T: Time to call the ambulance
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Other symptoms include:
- Numbness in legs
- Blindness in one or both eyes
- Difficulty in walking straight
- Losing balance
- Unbearable headache
What to do?
- Call an ambulance without wasting time. You can’t waste time in case of stroke.
- If he’s conscious, make them lie down on their side with their head raised.
- If he’s not breathing or having pulse, do the CPR.
- Unfasten the belts if any, and remove any tight clothing which is hindering breathing.
- Do not give the person any kind of medication without proper knowledge.
3. Epileptic Seizure
This is rather easy to be recognized. Following are the symptoms of an epileptic seizure:
- Convulsing fits
- The person might ooze out saliva from his mouth
The seizure usually lasts for 60 to 90 seconds but for the patient, it can feel like a lifetime.
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What to do?
- Hold the person to prevent them from falling. Help them lie down on the floor gently without hitting the floor hard.
- Make them lie on their side so that saliva can leak out of their mouth.
- Don’t try to put anything in their mouth. It can hurt their teeth.
- Don’t try to hold them down forcefully.
- If the seizure have stopped, turn them over.
- Check for any injury that needs to be treated.
- Check for any vomit or saliva in the patient’s mouth.
- Loosen the tight clothing.
- Don’t give them water or anything else to eat or drink.
- Let them rest.