Recent cardiac arrest incident is good reminder to pay attention to signs of heart attack

On October 22, a 64 year old man called 9-1-1 when he felt chest pain. As Kirkland Fire Department rescue crews arrived, the man went into cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was started. Aid crews also used a defibrillator help get the patient’s heart started again. The man’s heart stopped many times at the scene and on the way to Evergreen Hospital Medical Center. By the following day, a 100 percent block of a major artery had been cleared by the hospital staff and the patient was doing fine. The Kirkland Fire Department is asking all residents to know the symptoms of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. However, according to the American Heart Association, the most common symptoms of a heart attack include chest discomfort, discomfort radiating to the upper body, shortness of breath and sweating, nausea, lightheadedness. Symptoms can be different for men and women. To learn more, go to the American Heart Association website at www.heart.org.