Dr. Gonzalo Gonzalez-Stawinski tells you what to do in case you or someone you know suffers a heart attack.
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Tips for Surviving a Heart Attack Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: So Gonzo what are the biggest mistakes of people make in terms of their heart health out there? Dr. Gonzo: Well certainly is negating the symptoms. Thinking that some of the symptoms that they have are associated to other conditions, colds, muscle aches, and it’s very important for one to understand that if those symptoms start impacting your life then start — time to start looking for help because it’s when you’re — probably your life and the daily activities that you do are impacted by those symptoms. It’s time for you to go to the doctor. Dr. Travis Stork: Chest pain with shortness of breath is not a cold. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: Absolutely. Dr. Travis Stork: Chest pain with shortness of breath is a trip to the ER. Dr. Gonzo: Absolutely. And I think that that’s the important thing I think that people should take away from today’s show. You have shortness of breath that it’s outside of what normal is constant impeding you with daily activities, shopping, cooking, cleaning the house, going upstairs, taking a flight of stairs in your bedroom. It’s time for you to look for medical attention. Dr. Lisa Masterson: There are some other things that people can do, if they think they’re having a heart attack. Dr. Gonzo: When somebody has a heat attack the first thing that you do is call 911. So if you think that you’re experiencing a heart attack just get on the phone or had somebody on the phone call 911. That’s the first thing. The second thing is take an aspirin. The aspirin what it does is it prevents from the artery that’s being blocked to completely block heart. So those platelets that we were showing in the prior segment, their function stops when you give them an aspirin. So it’s very important for you to take the aspirin. The other thing that’s important is for you to try to resume a position or take a position that’s going to be relaxed and it’s not going to give you any anxiety, don’t go coughing, which is — Dr. James M. Sears: An email that’s going around say to cough really hard is kind of like CPR? Dr. Gonzo: Alright, no, absolutely not. That could potentially make things worst. So if you want to sit down in a chair in a recliner, go to bed, that’s fine. But don’t do anything to overexert yourself but what you want to do is removed that strain and stress of the heart. Dr. Travis Stork: And the key to preventing heart failure or heart attacks in the first place, one of the things we need to do you talk about this before the show is we need to listen to our body. Dr. Gonzo: You got to listen to your body, absolutely. That’s the first thing, always listen to your body.