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What should I do if I think I’m going to have a heart attack?

If you think you are going to have a heart attack in the immediate future because you are starting to experience symptoms, call your emergency medical number immediately (911 in the US). Chew and swallow one tablet of adult aspirin, if it is available. This will allow the aspirin to enter your bloodstream quickly and may help delay heart attack damage until you can get help. Some herbal treatments can be attempted to delay a heart attack when one is experiencing symptoms. For example, cayenne pepper may help delay a heart attack. If someone is  experiencing early symptoms, have them drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in it. If you are unable to help in any other way, hold the person’s left pinkie finger in your entire left hand and put the finger pads of your right hand in between their shoulder blades along their spine. Hold them in this way until help arrives. If you are alone, hold your entire left pinkie finger in your right hand until help arrives. To avoid heart attacks, it is best to consult your doctor about your risk of heart disease and heart attacks and follow his or her advice. The best thing you can do is prevent heart attacks is to alter your lifestyle and diet, by exercising, avoiding stress, and eating healthy foods.

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