Although heart attacks are one of the most common causes of death in the United States, many people do not know what to do if the situation arises. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur away from a hospital. This number suggests that many people do not understand the early symptoms and warning signs of a heart attack, and/or do not know what to do if these warning signs are detected.
Fortunately, most health care professionals are certified in some form of life support, whether it is Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), or others. Unfortunately, a health care professional is not guaranteed to be by the side of someone going into cardiac arrest at all times.
This infographic, created by eMedCert, was designed to inform people how to manage a heart attack. It will show you the early warning signs and symptoms, along with the proper steps to take should these symptoms occur. Help us spread awareness and save lives by sharing our “Heart Attack Helper.”
- American Heart Association: Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
- American Heart Association: AHA Statistical Update
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Heart Disease Facts
- HealthCentral: Heart Attack: Symptoms