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Lifesaving Skills



It is unfortunate that a heart attack, stroke, or any other kind of accident can show up out of nowhere every day. Therefore, it is important for bystanders to be equipped with the right mind-set and techniques so as to effectively administer CPR and AED to prevent death in the event of cardiac arrest. Furthermore, if you have experienced a heart attack, it will be useful for you to know the tell-tale sign of a second heart attack.


What is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): A life-saving emergency procedure that involves breathing for the victim and applying external chest compression to make the heart pump. Keeping the blood flow active – even partially – extends the opportunity for a successful resuscitation once trained medical staff arrive on site.
 

How do we recognize a second heart attack?

If you have had a heart attack, you are at an increased risk of having another. Taking control of your own heart and blood vessel health can significantly lower your chances of having a second heart attack.How 

One common heart attack symptom is the feeling of pressure in the chest, like a rope squeezing around it. The pressure also may be lower than the centre of the chest and be mistaken for acid reflux. Other symptoms are accompanied by cold sweats and having the feeling to faint.

These are the possible tests you can look out for when you consult your cardiologist:

What is an Electrocardiogram (ECG)?

This first test done to diagnose a heart attack records electrical signals as they travel through your heart. Sticky patches are attached to your chest and limbs. Signals are recorded as waves displayed on a monitor or printed on paper.
 

What are Blood Tests for the heart?

Certain heart proteins slowly leak into your blood after heart damage from a heart attack. Doctors will then take samples of your blood to check for these proteins, or enzymes.
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What are chest X-Rays?

An X-ray image of your chest allows your doctor to check the size of your heart and its blood vessels and to look out for fluid in your lungs.
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What is an Echocardiogram?

Sound waves create images of the moving heart. Your doctor can use this test to see how your heart's chambers and valves are pumping blood through your heart. An echocardiogram can help identify whether an area of your heart has been damaged.

What is an Angiogram?

A liquid dye is injected into the arteries of your heart through a long, thin tube (catheter) that's fed through an artery, usually in your leg or groin, to the arteries in your heart. The dye makes the arteries visible on X-ray, revealing areas of blockage.

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