Recently, I have had some more difficult conversations with my parents. The need for these conversations became apparent after we lost my father in law last year. Sometimes it takes a life event (like a death in the family) to make you realize that there are certain conversations you would rather have sooner rather than later. While most of these talks that I have had with my parents over the past couple of months have surrounded around the topic of getting finances in order, the topic of old age and health has also been prevalent.
Having The Talk with a parent or loved one is not an easy conversation. Thinking about it brings upon a wave of emotion from deep within me, however, we cannot and should not always run and hide from difficult situations.
One of the conversations that I highly recommend you have with your aging parents is what to do in the case of a heart attack. You could potentially save a loved one’s life, simply by knowing the options available to you and being prepared.
Many of us are familiar with the common signs of a heart attack, but are we able to identify ALL of the signs?
It is important to learn and understand the common signs of a heart attack BEFORE you are in a potential situation.
Did you know…
One heart attack occurs every seven minutes in Canada,
with an estimated 70,000 heart attacks annually.
The common signs of a heart attack include:
- chest discomfort
- upper body discomfort (including discomfort in the arms, jaw, neck and back)
- shortness of breath
- sweating and nausea
information shared by Bayer Canada
A recent survey by Vision Critical found that while 75 per cent of Canadians feel they know the signs of a heart attack that only 10 per cent of those were able to correctly identify the correct symptoms when asked. This is scary, especially given our aging population.
What you can do in the event of a heart attack:
- call 911
- crush or chew two ASPIRIN® 81mg tablets
It can be very difficult to discuss health matters with our friends and loved ones, however it is extremely important to be prepared for specific situations, like a heart attack. The more informed and prepared we are, the more likely we will be able to stay calm enough in a state of emergency to help ourselves or our loved ones.
Sometimes it may be easier to have The Talk in the car (where you don’t have to make eye contact) OR potentially while you are doing an activity that you enjoy (like going for a walk or having coffee together).
Do you have ASPIRIN® 81mg tablets in your First-Aid Box in case of a heart attack?
The statistics shared in this post came from Heartandstroke.ca – Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Web. 8 Oct. 2014.
This post has been generously sponsored by Bayer Canada, however all opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. This blog post contains information, however, please consult your physician or another medical professional for advice if you are at all worried about yourself or someone else’s health. Multi-Testing Mommy will not be held responsible for how you receive, understand or put into practice any of the information shared in this post.