Dr. Thaddeus Bell talks about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack as well as what to do in a medical emergency.
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Are African American men are more like to die from heart attack than other people? There has been recent research to show that people who lack high school eduction, and particularly African American men, have a very small amount of knowledge base when it comes to being able to recognize a heart attack. The major symptoms of a heart attack are chest pain, shortness of breath, jaw pain, an acute onset of fatigue. Those are the major signs of a heart attack that should be recognized. The other thing that we would like for people to recognize is that if someone with those symptoms drop in front of you, then the first thing that you want to do is call 911. That is the first and the best thing that you can do to make sure that that patient is going to survive. You want to get someone who knows an emergency medicine on the way to give you some help. So what we're trying to do is, we are trying to increase the awareness of heart disease, particularly in everyone, and particularly in African American males particularly, because African Americans have a very high prevalence of heart disease. And so, if we can increase the awareness of it, and make you aware of what the symptoms are, and make you aware that the first thing that you should do, is pull out your cell phone, dial 911 or instruct someone to call the emergency medical folk to be able to help you save that person's life.