Know the Signs of a Heart Attack When You are Behind the Wheel

February 3rd, 2017 by

What to Do When You Have a Heart Attack While Driving

February is American Heart Month, and it is not because of Valentine’s Day. Heart disease is becoming more common and it causes roughly one-quarter of deaths on an annual basis here in the United States. Heart attacks can happen anytime, anywhere. But what happens if you experience one while you are behind the wheel?

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How Can I Tell If I am Having a Heart Attack?

Heart attack symptoms can vary from person to person, but the most common ones are:

  • A tight, burning sensation or heavy pain in the chest
  • Pain throughout the upper body, especially in the left shoulder
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Feeling of extreme anxiety
  • Heartbeats are uneven and fast
  • Jaw pain
  • Abnormal tiredness/fatigue

What Should I Do When I Experience Heart Attack Symptoms While Driving?

If you experience any of the above symptoms, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so and call 911. Do not continue driving as you may experience cardiac arrest and blackout—which can cause a dangerous collision with other vehicles.

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How Can I Prevent Having a Heart Attack While Driving?

Like we said, heart attacks can happen anytime, anywhere and they can occur in people who are considered healthy. One of the best ways to prevent a heart attack is by exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet that is rich in vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

We also recommend that you visit your doctor on an annual basis and have your cholesterol levels tested. Take heed of your doctor’s medication suggestions.

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