Thousands of people die from heart attacks every year. Signs vary from person to person so it’s important to act quickly if you or someone you are with is suffering from these symptoms noted by the Heart & Stroke Society:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Sweating
  • Upper body discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Light-headedness

Chest pain can be described as heavy and can radiate into one or both arms.  It can cause stomach pain.  Pain can pass into the neck or jaw area and into the back between shoulder blades (mainly in women). Call 9-1-1 immediately.  Remain calm, sit down and rest.  Take an aspirin. If you notice someone in cardiac arrest, yell for an AED.  Nowadays, Automated External Defibrillators are available in most buildings and offices. These are designed for anyone to use. Or begin CPR immediately.  Don’t worry that you may not be trained, push hard and fast in the centre of the chest.  Even if you’re not perfect at it, you are helping. Read about diagnosing by using the PASS IT ON acronym. Interested in learning more about AED, we can help.

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