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Not all chest pain is a heart attack, just like other heart attack symptoms may go unnoticed. It’s important to know the facts, because cardiovascular disease is a killer. Someone in the U.S. has a heart attack every 40 seconds.
On Feb. 14, 2018, Elmhurst Hospital ER Dr. Michelle Meziere and Edward Hospital AED/CPR Instructor Wendy Murphy appeared on ABC 7 Chicago’s Windy City Live program during a segment on heart health.
Watch the heart heath segment here.
Can you tell fact from fiction? Dr. Meziere explained why these statements were facts or fiction:
During the segment, Murphy explained the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. During a heart attack you’ll experience symptoms because you have an artery that’s blocked and that is putting pressure on your chest. You’ll feel symptoms, but you’re still alert.
With sudden cardiac arrest, that person’s heart has stopped. They’ll be unresponsive and not breathing normally. That’s when an AED can help save their life.
Murphy recommended checking public places for AEDs when you’re out. Look for a sign with a lightning bolt through it. If you work somewhere, find out if they have AEDs and where they keep them. Ask if you can take a peek at it so you know how yours runs. They’re all very simple but they run a little differently.
Would you know what to do if someone had a sudden cardiac arrest? Murphy demonstrated how the AED works and how you can use it to help someone.
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