What are main steps to follow when a patient was affected by an heart attack?

Get help. Number one, a heart attack victim has to recognize or even think it is a n attack. If it is ongoing, call 911. Many victims do not call 911 because they will be embarressed if it turns out not to be an attack. If it is chronic chest pain, seek medical care. The symptoms of a heart attack are chest pain or ressure, shortness of breath, pain radiating to bottom of jaw or left arm or right arm.
Early or late? Early: oxygen, aspirin, heparin, betablocker, IV nitroglycerin. Heart cath, revascularization if indicated; late: no smoking, cardiac rehab, aspirin, betablocker, ace-inhibitor, statin, low fat diet, return to normal activity.

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What are some of the symptoms of a heart attack patient?

Variable. Symptoms: chest and neck and left arm pain can all occur elephant sitting on your chest shortness of breath fatigue anxiety fear some are asymptomatic signs: cold clammy low pulse rate, or fast irregular sudden death, . Read more...

What is a good way for a heart attack patient be transported?

Quickly// variable. Aspirin oxygen by ambulance depending on location of patient, ambulance and hospital with cardiac capabilities supine head up 20 degrees if pulse and BP ok ( to reduce aspiration ) monitor pulse and BP if possible check ekg and call er and send. If way away- car as quickly as possible or meet the ambulance part way. Read more...

Can a heart attack patient drink linden tea?

linden tea. I can find no credible scientific evidence of what is in the tea and what it actually does. Given that, prudence dictates not using linden tea. Read more...

What are the medical procedures used on a patient having a heart attack. Are there any preventive measures used to ease the pain of this attack?

Yes. During an acute mi (myocardial infarction), efforts will be made to reduce the size of the damaged area by giving antiplatelet drugs, and clot busters. Many patients will have emergency coronary angiogram to open up blocked arteries and place stents to help keep the arteries open. This is why it is important to get to a hospital immediately at the first sign of a mi. Read more...
Multiple. Aspirin, hospital, catheterization, clot lysis therapy, balloon or stents, and occasionally surgery. Read more...

Is it common for heart attack patients to have personality changes afterwards?

Not uncommon. Sustaining a heart attack is one of the major health related trauma one may have in one's life time. Thanks to modren therapies majority of patients manage to survive with little after effects. It is not uncommon to see some degree of anxiety or depression after heart attacks. Scientific research varifies psychological issues after heart attack. Read more...
Not usually. If you couldn't play the piano before you wont be able to after. Very unusual to have personality changes after heart attack. Read more...

Does disautonomia or pots patients have a higher risk of any kind of heart attack than the general public?

CVD risk of POTS. 32 F asks: Does disautonomia or pots patients have a higher risk of any kind of heart attack than the general public? ANS: not that I am aware of and have been doing BP problems for 50 years. I would recommend going to PUBMED and search dysautomomia AND POTS and myocardial infarction and see what comes up and they ask you treating physician as knows you best. Read more...

Why do paramedics use defibrillators with a heart attack patient?

Restore heart rhythm. During a heart attack the heart tissues are starved for oxygen. When this happens the heart rhythm deteriorates and instead of beating the heart muscle fibrillates- sort of wiggles- instead of contracting as a unit. This is called ventricular fibrillation. Delivering a jolt of electricity to the heart interrupts the wiggles and allows the heart muscle to resume normal contractions. Read more...
Fibrillation . Some patients who suffer a heart attack develop deadly heart rhythms called ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. The heart does not contract properly under these conditions and without external defibrillation to shock the heart back into normal the patient would die. Read more...

During a heart attack what would you expect the patients blood pressure to indicate?

Variable. Depending on the severity and amount of damage, the pressure could be very high due to pain and anxiety, or low because of the shock caused by a poorly contracting heart. Bottom line is never wait with symptoms. Get to an emergency room where life saving care can be initiated. Read more...
Heart attack. Blood pressure is basically the forward output of blood from the heart into the arteries. During a heart attack BP varies. Sometimes its normal, at times if the heart muscle has suffered a large heart attack and weakens the BP can be low requiring assistance. Read more...
Highly variable . Pts can be hypertensive in the midst of a heart attack and very low/hypotensive when in cardiogenic shock. Read more...