A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction, occurs when the heart does not receive enough blood. The longer the heart muscles go without adequate blood flow, the more damage will occur. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that around half of the American population has one of the three key risk factors for heart disease. Those key risk factors are high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking. Engaging in regular physical activities and being more aware of what we eat can help reduce these risks. Even while taking these precautions, a heart attack can still occur, and Med-Care EMS believes it is crucial to prepare for any eventuality. Being prepared includes recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and knowing what to do during a cardiac episode. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS:
This symptom is the most common. A heart attack causes chest pain, often described as an uncomfortable pressure on the chest, squeezing, fullness, or pain, typically starts in the middle or left side of the chest. If it lasts for more than a few minutes or disappears and comes back, it could be a sign of a heart attack.
Often associated with chest pain
Feeling weak or light-headed
Pain in: jaw, neck, back, and/or one or both arms
Nausea and vomitingThis symptom is commonly seen more in women more than men.
What to do: Call 9-1-1! Time is of the essence, and even a minute can make a world of difference. Whether you are in McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, Brownsville, or even Harlingen, there will always be an available EMS unit ready to assist. Med-Care EMS travels to different hospitals such as McAllen Medical Center, Doctor’s Renaissance Hospital, and more. If you have any of the symptoms above, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible!