Spotting the Signs Of A Heart Attack

I like to do my bit when it comes to raising awareness for Heart Disease. I have lost close friends and family due to heart attacks in the last few years. I feel everyone should know what the symptoms are and how a heart attack can be treated. Knowing this vital information may just save someones life.

According to a survey carried out by St John Ambulance many people who made new years resolutions have already given them up. So the charity has set up a new campaign aimed at trying to get people on board by having a “resolution rethink” – by making a new one they can keep, and that could help save a life. 

The video below is only 6 seconds long but has vital information within it. It shows the signs of a heart attack, these signs are known as the Four P’s. Knowing these 4 signs may save someones life.
Pain (in the chest)
Pulse (rapid or weak)
Pale (or ashen skin)
Knowing the symptoms will ensure more people can give the appropriate treatment:

  • Sit the patient down with knees bent
  • Call 999
  • Offer them 300mg of aspirin to chew

Given that 92,000 people in the UK suffer heart attacks each year, and a third of those die as a result, this quick and easy resolution can make all the difference.

As most people had quit their resolutions by Friday 24th due to lack of interest and motivation, rethinking their resolutions with one that puts other people’s needs first, could not only save a life but also give Brits a feeling of value and optimism. St John Ambulance has worked with behavioural psychologist Jo Hemmings to offer advice for sticking to new resolutions: 

  • Don’t always choose to stop something that’s bad in your life as a resolution, it’s often more satisfying to resolve to start something good instead
  • Choose a resolution that is goal orientated and can be monitored regularly
  • Resolutions which have some sort of responsibility outside of your own needs often feel more worthwhile and are therefore less likely to be broken.
  • Keep expectations realistic – give yourself a target that you know to be manageable
  • Resolving to do something together with a friend often helps us keep our resolutions
Jo says, ‘Poor weather conditions and post-Christmas blues can make us feel low and demotivated by now, causing many to lose interest and give up on ambitious or costly New Year’s resolutions. Making a new resolution today that is realistic and teaches us a skill will be easier to keep and make us feel good about ourselves.’

Sue Killen, CEO of St John Ambulance says: ‘It’s not too late to make a new resolution and to try something which is attainable – and potentially life saving. Help us reduce heart attack deaths by watching our quick steps on how to spot the signs, and learn how to treat a heart attack. Making a resolution this simple could enable you to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’ If you would like more information visit www.sja.org.uk for more details.

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