The last thing you would want to worry while on holiday, is to have a heart attack.
Yay! You’ve arrived at your holiday destination! Just when you thought to yourself, you’re finally able to have some much-deserved rest and relaxation, you suddenly experience a sharp pain in your chest. Is it just from all the walking and long hours of flying? Or do you need immediate medical attention because you could be experiencing a heart attack?
Heart attacks do not discriminate. It can affect anyone, at any place and any time of the day. Experiencing a heart attack at your very own home or office is an experience that no one would wish for. So, just imagine, what happens if you experience a heart attack while you’re on your much-awaited holiday?
Here’s our guide on how you can prevent a heart attack while you’re on holiday and also the important steps you can take if you’re experiencing worrying heart attack symptoms.
A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked, most often by a build-up of fat, cholesterol and other substances, which form a plaque in the arteries that feed the heart (coronary arteries). The interrupted blood flow can damage or destroy part of the heart muscle.
Common heart attack signs and symptoms include:
Though, it’s also important to take note that heart attack symptoms may vary in each individual.
Travelers having certain risk factor can develop a heart attack. The risk factors include:
The environment plays a crucial role in triggering a heart attack. Doctors have long known that cold weather is hard on the heart. Blood vessels constrict, which raises blood pressure.
Blood also clots more readily. Frigid temperatures increase strain on the heart, and too much physical exertion can worsen the burden and trigger a heart attack. For example, doctors have treated many patients whose heart attacks followed strenuous snow shoveling.
If you or someone you’re with has symptoms that might be a heart attack during holiday, call for emergency help first. If you don’t have access to emergency services, have neighbour or a friend drive you to the nearest hospital.
If it truly is a heart attack, you’re more likely to survive if you get treated within 90 minutes. While you’re on the phone, the person should chew and swallow an aspirin (unless they’re allergic it) to lower the risk of a blood clot. Take nitroglycerine if your doctor has previously prescribed it.
Also, if they are unconscious, begin CPR to keep the blood flowing. Push hard and fast on the person’s chest — about 100 compressions a minute. Get to the nearest hospital as soon as possible.
Tourists have to take following measures during a medical emergency: