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know the Signs of Heart Attack Don’t Miss a Beat. Welcome. Cardiovascular Health Program. Introduction. Do you know a friend or relative who has had a heart attack, or have you ever had a heart attack yourself?.

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know the signs of heart attack don t miss a beat

know the Signs of Heart AttackDon’t Miss a Beat

Welcome

Cardiovascular Health Program

introduction
Introduction

Do you know a friend or relative who has had a heart attack, or have you ever had a heart attack yourself?

what is a heart attack and what does it look like
What is a Heart Attack andWhat does it look like?
  • Heart disease develops over time as fatty build-up, or plaques, which can narrow the path of blood flow to the heart
  • Plaque breaks, causing a blood clot
  • Blood flow is blocked by the clot, causing a heart attack
  • If blockage continues, heart muscle dies

Time = Muscle

warning signs of heart attack
Warning Signs of Heart Attack
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
  • Feeling weak, lightheaded, faint or sweaty
  • Pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulders
  • Shortness of breath

911

delay can be deadly
Delay Can be Deadly
  • Patient delay is the biggest cause of not getting care fast
  • Do not wait more than a few minutes —5 at the most— to call 9-1-1
go in an ambulance
Go in an Ambulance!
  • Emergency providers can monitor the condition and begin treatment on the way to the hospital
  • They can communicate with Emergency doctors
  • Person having a heart attack will be seen more quickly
  • Emergency Room can prepare for arrival

Time = Muscle

controllable risk factors
Controllable Risk Factors
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight/obesity
  • Physical inactivity
what you can do
What you can do:
  • Reduce intake of fatty foods and eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Walk 30 minutes a day
    • Exercise reduces the risk of stroke, heart disease and other conditions
    • Healthy Maine Walks: www.healthymainewalks.org
  • If you smoke or chew tobacco, stop!
    • Maine Tobacco HelpLine: 1-800-207-1230
you are an important link in the heart attack chain of survival
You are an important link in the heart attack chain of survival!
  • Know the signs and call 911 for heart attack
  • Know your risk factors and how to lower them
  • Take a community CPR/AED* class
  • Share your knowledge!!

THANK YOU!

*Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/

Automated External Defibrillator

for more information
For More Information
  • Local Contact:

email:

website:

phone:

  • Maine CDC Cardiovascular Health Program

www.healthymainepartnerships.org/mcvhp

  • Maine Quality Forum, “In a Heartbeat”

www.mainequalityforum.gov/inaheartbeat.html