People with heart attacks arrive late to the hospital for fear of becoming infected with COVID-19

With everything that we are going through in these moments of the global pandemic of COVID-19, cases arise that are beyond our control, healthily speaking.

With symptoms of a heart attack NOT going to the hospital for fear of getting the coronavirus is a serious mistake

In the Lifeguard Project we have first-line information with colleagues and collaborators who work in hospitals, health centers; staff that is dedicated to the out-of-hospital and they are finding cases of people with coronary heart disease who wait to go to the hospital for fear of getting the coronavirus COVID-19, delay going to their health care centers, or even call the emergency services to treat those symptoms of heart disease.

Other cases that are being found are people who are unaware of their heart conditions, and begin to suffer those symptoms that They can trigger a sudden cardiac arrest, such as oppressive chest pain, tingling in the arms, dizziness, excessive sweating, let's say these are the most common but other symptoms such as pressure on the jaw, teeth, neck or back can arise. In any of these cases that we have said, what we must do is call the emergency medical number 112 quickly, in the first few minutes there is still room for action for the emergency services.

Before a heart attack time is life, at the first symptom call 112

Doctors and hospital centers throughout Spain launch the following message to the population "Before symptoms or heart disease DO NOT think about it for a minute. Hospitals are dumped with the Covid-19, but urgent illnesses are still being treated exactly the same. We are there as before. Do not be afraid. Don't wait ”

Remember that the emergency telephone number is 112 and it is a unique telephone number for any medical emergency, it is totally free and you will be attended by professional health personnel who will help us and inform you of what we should do.

In case of being accompanied by someone suffering from these symptomsask him if he takes any type of medication, loosen any tight clothing, sit the person in a quiet place preferably in very dim light and try to stay calm. Quickly call 112.

The infarcted who delay the visit to the hospital come when it is too late in a situation of cardiac shock


Since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic began, many patients with heart ailments or symptoms have delayed the visit due to fear of infection and arrive at the hospital in a situation of cardiac shock., entering with no reaction time for resuscitation and virtually no force to pump blood.

In other blogs we have already talked about cardiac arrest, we have even given data on the number of annual cardiac arrests in Spain, but now the fear of the COVID-19 contagion joins, but in case of a symptom of cardiac arrest, the call must be as early as possible, because in case of cardiac arrest it can have a fatal end for the person.

The rule is to stay home but If you have any of the symptoms that we have commented, call the phone number 112 right now, remember that time is money but if we have a heart attack time is life, and we can go from a scare to a much worse outcome.

What do I do if I need to perform CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic?

In the case of witnessing a sudden cardiac arrest in the public highway, supermarket, neighborhood or family and we suspect that it could be infected with COVID-19, we must take some safety measures when performing CPR, We leave you this other post in which we talk about how to perform CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hoping that this post reaches all people with heart conditions and can help save lives, this information is of special interest to people who are unaware or afraid of going to the hospital for fear of getting COVID-19. If you know someone with heart problems, please get this post to them. You will be saving his life.

With everything that we are going through in these moments of the global pandemic of COVID-19, cases arise that are beyond our control, healthily speaking.


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