How to Tell if Someone Is Having a Heart Attack

first_img Share 44 Views   no discussions Although you’re probably familiar with the classic heart attack scenario from movies and TV, most people don’t just clutch their chests and fall to the ground.Heart attacks usually start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort, or even more subtle flu-like symptoms. Heart attack symptoms can be subtle, and it’s not always easy to tell what’s happening.But if someone is having a heart attack, every second counts: There’s a limited window of time before heart muscle is permanently damaged. Delaying treatment also increases the risk of sudden death from an irregular heart rhythm.To give someone the best possible chance of recovery, it’s wise to familiarize yourself with the warning signs of a heart attack.Remember that all heart attacks are not equal: Even if you’ve seen someone have a heart attack before, a second heart attack or a heart attack in someone else might not have the same symptoms.Pay special attention to heart attack symptoms in women Although many people mistakenly believe that cardiovascular disease isn’t a problem for women, it’s still a leading cause of death. Unfortunately, women tend to have different heart attack symptoms than men, so heart disease may go unrecognized until it’s too late.In a study of 515 women who’d had heart attacks, the most frequently reported symptoms were unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, shortness of breath, indigestion, and anxiety. Less than one-third reported any chest discomfort.How to respond if you see signs of a heart attack In general, it’s best to call 911 if you have any reason to suspect that someone is having a heart attack. Waiting even an hour or two may limit treatment options and reduce the chance of a full recovery. It’s common for someone having a heart attack to downplay the situation because he or she isembarrassed and doesn’t want to cause a scene.Take charge and call for help even if the person tries to talk you out of it. Don’t wait to see if heart attack symptoms go away — and call even if the symptoms do disappear or come and go. If it turns out to be something less serious than a heart attack, at least you’ll have some peace of mind.Bear in mind that not all of the following warning signs occur in every heart attack.The five signs of heart attack:Chest discomfort or painThe most commonly reported heart attack symptom among men is chest discomfort, often described as a heaviness, tightness, or even a burning sensation. The feeling usually starts in the center of the chest and may or may not radiate to other areas of the body. It may go away and then come back, or it may be continuous. If you’re aware of someone experiencing any persistent chest discomfort, call 911 right away. Even if it’s angina rather than a full-blown heart attack, he needs to see a doctor. Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Alexis Koval excels early for Syracuse in expanded role

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In a 31-minute span on Sunday, Alexis Koval helped turn potential disaster for Syracuse into a much-needed win. With the Orange trailing Albany 1-0 and staring down a third consecutive loss, Koval assisted on the game-tying and go-ahead goals in the 53rd and 84th minutes.The assists gave Koval her sixth and seventh points of the season, more than double the number of points (three) she had in all of 2014. In her final season at Syracuse, she’s taking advantage of a regular starting role — one she’ll fill when SU (2-2) visits No. 25 Connecticut (3-0) on Thursday — after playing only sparingly last season.“She’s been exceptional in training and her performance in games has obviously been very good,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “So she’s going to keep starting. Until someone outperforms her, she’s the go-to person.”After starting just three of 19 games last season and rarely producing in her limited action, Koval is one of nine players to have started all four games this season. She played the full 90 minutes against Providence on Aug. 23. On a team that returned 10 of 11 starters, Koval was forced to earn her starting spot, Wheddon said. So far, no one on the attack has been better than Koval. She’s been the primary catalyst on a team that, despite having been shut out twice, is generating more scoring opportunities than it did in 2014 by controlling possession, getting the ball into the penalty box and earning corner kicks. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKoval’s seven points lead all SU players, with Maya Pitts and Stephanie Skilton tied for second with four apiece. In addition to her two assists against Albany, Koval had two goals and an assist in Syracuse’s season-opening 6-0 win over Massachusetts on Aug. 21. Wheddon said she’s been able to exploit space behind the outside backs and has had success isolating the backs in one-on-one situations, the latter of which Koval said she worked specifically on during Syracuse’s spring season. “I think that training really helped because coming into the games, that’s where I’ve been most successful,” Koval said. Koval added that the spring was generally helpful as it provided her a first look at how Syracuse would operate in 2015. And even though the Orange didn’t lose many players, Koval said she could tell immediately that it was a different team than the one that struggled to create chances last season, which she said gave her confidence in the offense.Against Connecticut on Thursday, Syracuse will likely need significant production from that offense if it expects to have a chance to win. Behind Rachel Hill, who has four goals in three games this season, the Huskies are averaging 3.3 goals per game in 2015.And if the past few games are any indication, Koval might be the Orange’s best hope at keeping pace with that high-powered attack.Said Wheddon: “Alexis has made the most of her opportunity. I’m thrilled for her.” Comments Published on September 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm Contact Michael: [email protected]last_img read more