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- What is a heart attack?
- What are the signs and symptoms of a heart attack in men and women?
- Are signs and symptoms of a heart attack different in women?
- What can I do to prevent a heart attack when home alone?
- What kinds of diets are recommended to prevent heart attacks?
- What tips and lifestyle changes can be made to prevent a heart attack?
- Will exercise reduce my risk of having a heart attack?
- What diseases or conditions put a person at a higher risk for a heart attack?
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What can I do to prevent a heart attack when home alone?
Leading a heart-healthy lifestyle with a nutritious low-fat diet and exercise is the best way to prevent heart disease and heart attack. However, if you have a heart attack and are home alone when it occurs here are some tips help improve your outcome.
- Know the symptoms of a heart attack. Keep your cell phone available at all times. If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Minutes count! Do this FIRST, before anything else.
- If the 911 operator suggests it, take an aspirin if you are not allergic. Be prepared – talk to your doctor and find out if you should be on aspirin therapy to prevent a heart attack occurs.
- The Internet has spread the idea of "cough CPR," however, the American Heart Association does not endorse this as a way to prevent heart attacks. If you are having a sudden abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) and are conscious you may be able to cough forcefully enough to maintain enough blood flow to the brain to stay conscious a few seconds more until the arrhythmia breaks. Coughing probably won't hurt, but always call 911 first.