A heart attack is a serious medical emergency whereby the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Your response has to be timely – leave it too long and you may incur permanent damage to the heart muscle. Despite the stark health risks, treatment delays are all too common.
How to respond
If you think you are having a heart attack, the first thing you must do is dial 999 immediately for an ambulance, says the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
“Don’t worry if you’re not completely sure whether your symptoms are a heart attack, it’s really important that you seek medical attention regardless as quickly as possible,” says the BHF.
Next, you should:
- Sit down and rest
- Take a 300mg aspirin if you have one within arm’s reach
- Stay calm and wait for the paramedics.
“If you’re with someone who’s experiencing heart attack symptoms but they’re putting off or refusing to call an ambulance, it’s really important that you call one for them,” adds the BHF.
They include hot dogs, bacon, sausage, salami, and other deli meats, including deli ham, turkey, bologna, and chicken.
Long-term observational studies have found that the worst types of meats for the heart are those that are processed.
Instead you should opt for a a Mediterranean-style diet – this means eating more bread, fruit, vegetables and fish, and less meat, says the NHS.
“Replace butter and cheese with products based on vegetable and plant oil, such as olive oil,” it adds.