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Heart Attack and Stroke in the Work Place: Do you know the Warning Signs?

July 7, 2018

Recognizing the early warning signs of hearth attack and stroke could save someone's life.

 

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Every 7 minutes, someone in Canada dies from heart disease or stroke (Statistics Canada, 2011). If a co-worker was experiencing symptoms of a stroke or heart attack at a job site, would you be able to recognize the signs and act?

In this post, you will learn what to look for when someone in the work place is experiencing a stroke or a heart attack.

 

What is a Heart Attack?

A heart attack happens when sections of the heart muscle is blocked from receiving blood often by way of a clogged artery. Blood restriction causes portion of the heart muscle dies.

 

WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK

Recognizing the warning signs of a heart attack could save someone’s life. Be aware of the following symptoms among your co-workers.

  • Chest discomfort (uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain, burning or heaviness) Confusion or trouble understanding other people
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulder, arms, back)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE IS HAVING A HEART ATTACK?

If someone is experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, be sure to take the appropriate steps to mitigate the effects of blood loss to the brain.

  • Call 9-1-1 (or have someone call for you)
  • Stop all activity, have the person sit or lay down
  • If the sufferer takes nitroglycerin regularly, take your normal dosage
  • With the advice of a 9-1-1 operator, chew and swallow two 80mg tables of ASA – Aspirin (do not take acetaminophen or ibuprofen instead)

 

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a blood clot preventing your brain from getting the blood it requires. The important thing is what you do if stroke symptoms happen; the sooner the treatment, the less chance of serious damage to the brain and less chance of permanent disability.

 

WARNING SIGNS OF A STROKE

Recognizing the warning signs of a stroke could prevent serious damage. Be aware of the following signs among your co-workers.

  • Numbness or weakness in your face, arm, or leg, especially on one side
  • Confusion or trouble understanding other people
  • Trouble speaking
  • Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking or staying balanced or coordinated
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache that comes on for no known reason

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE IS HAVING A STROKE?

If someone is experiencing symptoms of a stroke, be sure to take the appropriate steps to mitigate the effects of blood loss to the brain.

  • Don’t ignore stroke warning signs– even if you have just one warning sign or if symptoms are mild or go away.
  • Don’t wait! Every minute counts.
  • Call 911or emergency medical services (EMS) if you have one or more symptoms for more than a few minutes. An ambulance can get you to a hospital without delay.
  • Check the timewhen symptoms begin. This is important information to share when you arrive at the hospital.

 

Even if you’re not 100% sure if someone is experiencing a stroke, be sure to act as soon as possible. It’s better to have a wasted trip to the hospital rather than risk permanent damage. Having some basic knowledge to recognize the symptoms of a stroke or heart attack could save your own or a co-worker’s life and prevent any long-term damage. Not ignoring the signs and making a quick response is your best bet to insure a positive outcome to an emergency.

 

For more great articles go to www.safetylineloneworker.com

 

 

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