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How can someone help someone who is having a heart attack?

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If you notice any warning signs, call 911 right away, even if you're not sure if it's a heart attack. It's better to be wrong than to wait too long.

The 911 operator will stay on the phone with you until help arrives. Tell him that your loved one has atrial fibrillation (AFib). He may give you specific instructions.

From: When Someone With AFib Has Trouble WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AFib Matters: "About Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Aspirin and Heart Disease."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation" (AFib or AF)," "Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

British Heart Foundation: "Heart Attack."

Harvard Medical School: "Aspirin For Heart Attack."

Legacy Health: "Stroke FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Don't Take a Chance with a Heart Attack." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?"

St. Joseph's Hospital Heart Institute Advanced Center for Atrial Fibrillation: "Atrial Fibrillation: Frequently Asked Questions."

StopAbFib.org: "How To Know It's Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

SOURCES:

AFib Matters: "About Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Aspirin and Heart Disease."

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association: "FAQs of Atrial Fibrillation" (AFib or AF)," "Learn More Stroke Warning Signs and Symptoms."

British Heart Foundation: "Heart Attack."

Harvard Medical School: "Aspirin For Heart Attack."

Legacy Health: "Stroke FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Know Stroke. Know the Signs. Act in Time."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Don't Take a Chance with a Heart Attack." 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation?"

St. Joseph's Hospital Heart Institute Advanced Center for Atrial Fibrillation: "Atrial Fibrillation: Frequently Asked Questions."

StopAbFib.org: "How To Know It's Atrial Fibrillation."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on April 26, 2018

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