Dr Oz’s show today was called “Ask Dr Oz Celebrity Edition,” and one of his guests was Joy Behar from The View and the Joy Behar Show. Joy told Doctor Oz that her mother had her first heart attack at the age of 50 and that she died from a heart condition. Also, Joy’s uncle was 58 when he died from a heart attack while he was behind the wheel driving. So what should you do if heart problems run in the family? I can completely relate to Joy’s question, because my father has had 3 heart attacks, his first one was in his late 20’s, which has always scared me to death. He just had quadruple-bypass heart surgery last year. And my father’s father died from a heart attack. So needless to say, I am very concerned about heart health issues as well.
Dr Oz said that when someone has a heart attack, there are a golden few minutes when you can do something to help save their life. So what should you do if a family member or friend goes into cardiac arrest in front of you?
What To Do When a Person Collapses From a Heart Attack?
Dr Oz said that the first thing you should do if a person collapses from going into Cardiac Arrest is to call 911. Then you want to start doing chest compressions. It is important to note that it is no longer recommended that you do mouth to mouth in this scenario — just chest compressions to circulate the oxygen that is already in there and to keep the blood from clotting. Especially if you are a woman, Dr Oz said you have to put your back into doing chest compressions. Keep one arm straight and use the other arm to help push. Dr Oz said you need to do it fast, because you need to get in about 100 compressions per minute to keep the blood going.
What to Do If a Person Has a Heart Attack And Is Conscious?
Dr Oz said that if a person is having a heart attack but has not collapsed, then you should again call 911 first, but then give them Baby Aspirin, because aspirin helps to thin the blood and to keep blood clots from worsening the heart attack.
Joy Behar’s Aspirin Pill Tote Keychain
Joy showed Dr Oz a very cute Aspirin Pill Tote that you can attach to your keychain or something else that you always have with you so that you will always have baby aspirin available if you or a loved one has a heart attack. This is going to make a wonderful holiday gift! You can buy the Aspirin Pill Tote here.