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What can you do if you witness someone have a heart attack and stop breathing?

What can you do if you witness someone have a heart attack and stop breathing?

Call 911: If you know CPR start it after calling 911. If there is an automatic defibrillator nearby send someone to get it or get it yourself. This will talk you through what to do. Even if you don't know cpr, doing chest compressions quickly (about 100 per minute) until help arrives may save someone's life. Better yet, learn CPR and take refresher courses every 2 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

Heart attack is a life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more


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Lately when i try to go to sleep i feel like my heart is going to stop or im gonna stop breathing, like im having a heartattack is it a heart attack, or panic attack ? I have had them before just sitting around the house but never when im going to sleep

Lately when i try to go to sleep i feel like my heart is going to stop or im gonna stop breathing, like im having a heartattack is it a heart attack, or panic attack ? I have had them before just sitting around the house but never when im going to sleep

You : You may be experiencing panic attacks. Panic attacks usually last ten minutes or less. Some possible symptoms which might make you think you are having a panic attack include: chest pain or chest tightness; a pounding or rapid heartbeat, rapid or difficult breathing, nausea, sweating or numbness / tingling in your lips or fingers/ toes. People often believe that they are having a heart attack during an episode of panic. Other symptoms can include feeling very afraid and / or anxious; trembling, feeling really hot or cold or feeling dizzy or faint. If a person wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air then they might be experiencing sleep apnea. I can not diagnose you. You should see your doctor for a full medical evaluation, to ensure that these symptoms are not due to a medical condition. If you do in fact have panic attacks, there are medications which can be prescribed to help and you can also see a psychologist to learn ways to control or prevent these symptoms that do not require medications. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had 4bypasses.2light heart attack.And just had a difibulator.Now im having trouble breathing.And im only 40 years old.?

I had 4bypasses.2light heart attack.And just had a difibulator.Now im having trouble breathing.And im only 40 years old.?

Need to check heart: Any person with a history of bad heart disease, who now gets breathing symptoms or anything else that could be a heart attack symptom, has to go to his doctor or the E.R. To be checked right away for a heart attack. That means not waiting at home to see if it turns into a bad heart attack. There will be some false alarms, but as the saying goes, "better safe than sorry". ...Read more

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Does chest pain and trouble breathing usually mean a heart attack?

Does chest pain and trouble breathing usually mean a heart attack?

Not necessarily: Chest pain and shortness of breath can be the symptoms of heart attack. But they are other conditions which can mimic these symptoms. Hence we need evaluate fully before coming to a conclusion. ...Read more

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When irunning waking i get extreme tiredness heart racing and shortness of breathing iam thinking like heart attack anxiety can couse extreme tirednes?

When irunning waking i get extreme tiredness heart racing and shortness of breathing iam thinking like heart attack anxiety can couse extreme tirednes?

Very frustrating: Anxiety disorders are often quite varied and can respond to medications and counseling. Sometimes it can take a while to find the best medications. If cardiac symptoms are present they should be checked out, although uncommon at your age. Go over your history and symptoms with your medical provider and if you do not get improvement consider seeing a specialist such as a psychiatrist. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Is having pain in your neck shoulder chest and down your arm called having a heart attack even if its only mild breathing difficulties?

Is having pain in your neck shoulder chest and down your arm called having a heart attack even if its only mild breathing difficulties?

Very suspicious: The pattern of symptoms you describe is very suspicious for a heart attack or angina pec toros, caused by not enough blood getting to the heart. This person should be carefully checked for coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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My mum long ago she had a heart attack . she can't see with her right eye she can't remember stuff easily and lately she has been breathing very hard?

My mum long ago she had a heart attack . she can't see with her right eye she can't remember stuff easily and lately she has been breathing very hard?

Heart disease: Your mother`s symptoms may or may not be related to her history of heart disease. Patient with a history of heart attack are usually at risk for other problems such as heart failure, stroke and kidney disease. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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