Monday Health Minute | Published February 6, 2012

Tips on Surviving a Heart Attack - American Heart Month

There are many signs of a heart attack, including chest discomfort, shortness of breath, numbness and/or pain in your upper body, nausea and fatigue. If you think you are having a heart attack, follow these steps immediately to reduce the risk of sustaining long-term damage to your heart.

  • Call 9-1-1. If you do not have access to emergency medical services, have someone drive you to the nearest hospital. Only drive yourself if it is your only option in getting help.
  • If there's any available, chew an aspirin (162 mg to 325 mg) to help prevent further clots from developing.
  • If you have nitroglycerin on hand, put a tablet under your tongue.

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