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First Aid Blog: Angina Attacks
Welcome to First4Sight First Aid Blog, a quick insight into how to deal with minor First Aid incidents
In this edition, we will be looking at how to recognise and deal with Angina Attacks
A casualty experiencing an angina attack:
May display some of the following signs and symptoms before slowly recovering
RECOGNISING AN ANGINA ATTACK:
They may feel they are experiencing indigestion, with a ‘tight chest’ feeling
They may feel ‘pins and needles’ travelling down their arm, neck and shoulders
They may appear pale and sweaty
They may be short of breath, anxious and weak
They may have an irregular pulse
Symptoms may last for between 3 and 8 minutes
TREATING AN ANGINA ATTACK:
Sit them in a comfortable, half-sitting position
Help them to use their ‘GTN’ heart medication if they have it
Attempt to calm them and remove any stress from the situation
Dial 999 for an ambulance if the medication has no effect, or does not ease after 15 minutes.
If the casualty becomes unconsciousness; they may be having a heart attack
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Hi, I'm Becki From First4Aid. I have dealt with some wierd and wonderful first aid incidents so you will be in good hands if you come on one of our First Aid Training Courses in Coventry or the West Midlands!