A 43-year-old female asked:
Email going around. It says to sit up, not lie down if you think you are having a heart attack while waiting for help. What does a person need to do?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Ira Friedlander answered
41 years experience in Cardiac Electrophysiology
It doesn't matter: It does not matter whether the person sits up or lies down. The important thing is to call for help. Most people wait an average of three hours before calling for help which results in heart muscle damage and bad outcomes. The person should be comfortable and sitting or lying whichever feels better for the person is what they should do.
Answered on Aug 2, 2015
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