People who have experienced a heart attack often describe the pain as a gripping or crushing vice-like sensation.
REMEMBER there is a range of signs that suggest a heart attack is occurring; a combination, one or none of the above may be present during an attack.
Other common observations include a change in skin colour where the person may appear pale or grey with the possibility of blueness evident around their lips. The person may be sweating, nauseous, complain of difficulty getting their breath, feel dizzy and express fear about what is happening. If any of the signs concern you or worsen rapidly, lasting longer than 10-15 minutes, call for medical assistance immediately.
Tomorrow we will look at how to treat a person experiencing a Heart Attack….
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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