In this series of videos, we will learn the basics and fundamental practices of First Aid.
First Aid is the first and immediate assistance given to any person suffering from either a minor or serious illness or injury, with care provided to preserve life, prevent the condition from worsening, or to promote recovery.
Here, St John Ambulance trainer Winston Marshall teaches us what to look for and how to respond if we suspect someone is having a heart attack.
A heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. It demands immediate action, as a lack of blood to the heart may seriously damage the muscle and can be life-threatening.
Symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain – the chest can feel like it’s being pressed or squeezed by a heavy object, and pain can radiate from the chest to the jaw, neck, arms and back
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling weak or light-headed, or both
- An overwhelming feeling of anxiety
Learn more about heart attacks, here.
St John Ambulance is a volunteer-led, charitable non-governmental organisation dedicated to the teaching and practice of First Aid, and the support of the national emergency response system in England.
View the previous video in this series here.
View the original video here.
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