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How to handle a heart attack

Someone having a heart attack might complain of chest pain or pressure on their chest. They may have nausea or shortness of breath, or look sweaty or tired. Call 9-1-1 immediately, and describe their symptoms to the operator. Once the ambulance arrives, paramedics are able to monitor the person's heart and blood pressure while en route to the hospital. The most important thing you can do for the person having the heart attack, is calling 9-1-1 immediately. Being able to get them proper medical attention fast, could mean you've saved their life.

Last modified: 2012-03-06