Heart Attacks and Seizures

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 in Health Optimization

The sudden onset of a heart attack or seizure immediately thrusts the victim into a life or death situation. The determining factor is often the type of help administered. When every second counts, do you know what to do?

A heart attack or seizure can often strike without warning. Whether it’s yourself, a loved one or a stranger, do you have the knowledge to help save a life? Get the facts. Get prepared.  

Heart Attack Help

Do not delay calling 911 to take or help administer an aspirin, especially if you are the victim. You could collapse before you get to the phone.

Do Call 911 immediately to ensure that emergency workers equipped with oxygen, medication and a defibrillator are on their way to treat you. Next, take a full-strength aspirin. Heart attacks are caused by a clot or clots that block blood flow to the heart. Aspirin can help stop the clot from growing and causing more damage. Try to stay calm until help arrives.

Seizure Support

Never put anything inside the victim’s mouth. They can cut their gums, break their teeth or bite you. Despite what you may have heard, the danger of swallowing one’s own tongue during a seizure is minimal. In fact, it’s almost impossible thanks to the presence of a piece of tissue called the frenulum, which keeps the tongue in place.

First, help guide the victim gently to the floor, placing a cushion under their head to help prevent injury. Then, roll them on their side to encourage fluid drain from the mouth, which helps prevent them from choking on saliva and other fluids. Pay attention to the length of the seizure and details. Convey this information to a doctor or emergency responders to help them provide the best treatment.

Would you know what to do if a seizure affected someone you know?

DO

  • Stay calm.
  • Check the time – seizures become extremely dangerous when they last longer than 5 minutes. You’ll need to tell this information to the doctor.
  • Keep them safe by limiting their exposure to items like sharp objects, stairs or furniture they could hurt themselves on.
  • Turn their head to the side in order to keep their airway clean.

DON’T

  • Restrain them.
  • Offer food or drink until they are alert.
  • Put anything in their mouth.
  • Put your fingers in their mouth.