Are they having a Heart Attack? What do I do?

If you fear that someone in your company may be suffering from a heart attack there are a few tell tail signs to look out for. Recognising the symptoms is the first step in being able to help the casualty.

  • Chest pains spreading to one or both arms.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Discomfort in upper abdomen.
  • Sudden dizziness or collapse with no warning.
  • Blueness of lips and pale complexion.
  • Fast, slow, irregular pulse.
  • Gasping for air.
  • Sweating.

Some casualties may suffer all, some or very slight symptoms.

The following simple steps will make a huge difference to the casualty:

  • Stay calm and call 999 and let them know that you suspect a heart attack.
  • Help the casualty get comfortable. Get them to sit up, support their head and shoulders and pace a cushion under their knees.
  • Reassure the casualty, this is so comforting and makes a huge difference, “everything is going to be ok”.
  • Help the casualty take a dose of aspirin, it’s best if they chew it slowly. (Making sure they are not allergic)
  • Continue to reassure them, keeping bystanders away.
  • Monitor their vital signs until help arrives.