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Thread: Heart attack symptoms for Women and why you need ICE on your phone

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    Heart attack symptoms for Women and why you need ICE on your phone

    … the warning signs of a
    heart attack.
    Besides the classic, text book symptoms such as
    shortness of breath and a tightness or fullness in the
    chest, women may have other, less common
    warning signs of heart attack, which may include:
    • Atypical chest, stomach or abdominal pain
    • Nausea or dizziness
    • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the
    back, neck, jaw or stomach
    • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
    • Palpitations, cold sweat or paleness
    Heart attacks claim the lives of 500,000 American
    women each year, yet only 55 percent of women
    realize that heart disease is their No. 1 killer. Know the
    signs of a heart attack and take action if you’re
    having symptoms.
    • Call 911 for an ambulance to go to the nearest
    hospital emergency room. Tell the staff that
    you’re having symptoms of a heart attack.
    • Chew then swallow one full-strength or adult
    aspirin (325 mg.) with water as soon as possible.
    This will help prevent blood clotting.
    • Be clear about your symptoms so that
    emergency room staff can prioritize your care
    among other ER patients.

    … more of the latest about aspirin.
    We know this miracle drug can soothe various aches
    and pains and, in small doses, prevent heart attacks.
    Now, recent research says it can be a cancer-fighter
    too. More examination is necessary, but researchers
    are hopeful there’s more good news from this
    miracle drug.


    ICE:
    …about a lifesaver for your phone
    that’s not an app, but it’s free.
    What if a misfortune such as a car accident or
    medical emergency happened while you are away
    from home, loved ones, co-workers and friends.
    Perhaps you’re found unconscious. Would first
    responders know how to contact your family? How
    could paramedics find out about your medications,
    allergies, or health conditions?
    Thousands of victims each year are unable to
    communicate with first responders due to illness or
    trauma. Fortunately, it takes five minutes and costs
    nothing to make sure those first responders can reach
    your emergency contacts if you’re unconscious.
    All you have to do is “ICE” your cell phone. “ICE”
    stands for “In Case of Emergency.” If you add the
    prefix “ICE” to your emergency contacts in your
    phone’s contact list, first responders will know to call
    them first. Let’s say Chris Smith is your emergency
    contact. Simply change the entry in your contact list
    from “Chris Smith” to “ICE Chris Smith.” ICE multiple
    contacts to ensure coverage. Use family member
    relationships instead of names. Add “ICE Sister”
    instead of “ICE Alice.” Have a medical condition or
    drug allergies? Taking any prescription medications?
    If you don’t wear a bracelet, put something in
    your wallet like a laminated business card-sized
    sheet of information.
    Taking a few minutes to “ICE” your phone contact
    list could save your life.
    :-)
    CAS

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    Good info. Thanks

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    Good info! I was told long time ago by a friend first responder that they dial the first name in your contact list. When my daughter had a problem 3 states away from me I got the call. I was first on her list. I'm going to put ICE in front of my 1st 3 numbers.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    I saw a thread similar to this recently and they said ICE is not right. First Responders look for it. I have hubby on ICE"his name" as well as him on speed dial.
    :-)
    CAS

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    Will ask my paramedic (Boston, MA) daughter what first responders actually look for and what should be done....will get back to the board. She's asleep still, but I'll ask her later.
    Anita


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    Thanks for the info
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    On the first page of my alphabetized contact list there is a red box with a plus sign inside it. Pressing that gives you an ICE Contacts page with space for three contacts and direct dial capacity. Also a space for three notes. I entered my primary care physician, preferred hospital and allergy/relegion information. This is a Verizon LG

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    If an EMT or paramedic is busy saving your life, they will NOT have time to check ICE or call anyone on your cell phone. Also, some phones are "locked", especially the smart phones. EMTs DO check your wallet, so keep a card with your "ICE" contacts there, along with brief medical history - especially allergies and what meds you are on. Police officers will sometimes check cell phones, but please don't count on this a being a "life saving" measure. This comes from a Boston paramedic who has 8 years in the field. Hope this clarifies things...your wallet or pocketbook is your best ICE tool!
    Anita


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    Quote Originally Posted by ILoveToQuilt View Post
    If an EMT or paramedic is busy saving your life, they will NOT have time to check ICE or call anyone on your cell phone. Also, some phones are "locked", especially the smart phones. EMTs DO check your wallet, so keep a card with your "ICE" contacts there, along with brief medical history - especially allergies and what meds you are on. Police officers will sometimes check cell phones, but please don't count on this a being a "life saving" measure. This comes from a Boston paramedic who has 8 years in the field. Hope this clarifies things...your wallet or pocketbook is your best ICE tool!
    My family phys. said this same thing to me yrs ago and my contacts and med info is in the front of my wallet where my license should be,its the first thing they'll see

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    Hi
    CAS,
    Very informative post on heart attack symptoms for women and I have bookmarked the link to share with my female friends and family members. I have already set my spouse name as ICE and it's great tip to contact some one's relatives in case of emergency.

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