How can I help someone who is suffering from a heart attack until the ambulance arrives?

You keep calm. Is the first suggestion. Help them stay calm--sit/relax, focus on breathing. If they have aspirin or nitroglycerin they are supposed to use, you can assist them with it--don't supply it if not, the Paramedics will handle that. If in a complex location, have someone outside to guide medics in. Nothing to eat or drink.

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My gma (85yrs) was diagnosed with a-fib. Could she have a heart attack? Do we need to do cpr or use a defibrillator while waiting for an ambulance?

Abnormal heart beat. Your grandmother has an abnormal heart beat. It could increase her risk for stroke. She may be a candidate for blood thinner. You could learn CPR and signs for brain attack. Go to the american heart association website. AED may be beneficial but they are expensive. Read more...

What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

Rest + aspirin. Try to keep them calm- have them lie down. If you have an aspirin, have them chew and swallow it as Aspirin is probably the single most effective way to treat a heart attack and is very safe. Read more...

If someone is on viagra (sildenafil) they cannot take nitroglycerin. So what would be given in an ambulance to a heart attack patient who regularly takes viagra (sildenafil)?

No easy answer. Based on BP and how frequent the patient is monitored and how active the chest pain. The key is drop in BP and that may cause more harm, Also viagra (sildenafil) has a short half-life, so if the patient took if many hours prior, and has a stable BP, NTG is an option, and then there is a hypertensive patient, NTG may be beneficial to get the BP down and decrease workload. Read more...

What are the signs that I may be suffering from heart attack symptoms?

Chest pain. Chest pain with exertion radiates to jaw, arm and associated with shortness of breath. Last 30 min or so. Pain at time is very intense. May have nausea, perspiration with pain. Read more...
Heart attack. Common symptoms of a heart attack are chest pain, sweating, shortness of breath, fatigue at times jaw pain. Usually the chest pain starts with exertion and progresses to pain at rest. Some feel heart burn like symptoms and some never have an y symptoms at all. Remember women tend to have atypical symptoms such as back pain, shoulder pain and fatigue. Read more...

I am suffering from minor but sharp pain on the left side, sometimes the right side of my ribcage, does this mean a heart attack?

Probably not. While the symptoms of a heart attack can vary, the pain is generally described a pressure or crushing, not usually sharp and is generally not self-limited or minor. I suspect your pain is muscular or rib related due to strain, irritation or inflammation in the chest wall. Read more...
Not likely. But a full history and exam is worthwhile. Musculoskeletal is much more likely but precaution and good choices are important. No smoking regular exercise and diet. Read more...