First Aid Guide – Treating chest pain

Chest pain can be the result of an underlying heart condition, a lung condition or it can be caused by a heart attack. Someone may even be having a panic attack which they may think is a heart attack. First aid for treating chest pain is important and can help to save a life if the cause of the pain is serious. However, it may be difficult to determine what is causing the chest pain so it is advised to call the emergency services just in case the person is in danger.

If you suspect a heart attack, call for emergency assistance immediately and check the person’s breathing and pulse. If there are little to no signs of life, you may have to begin CPR. Start with 30 chest compressions and continue this process if you are untrained in the process. Find the centre of the person’s chest and place the heel of one hand on this area with the other hand clasped on top. Push down hard using your whole upper body weight until the chest compresses. If you know how to perform rescue breaths, follow compressions with two of these. Gently tilt the head back and lift the chin to open the airways. Pinch the nose and cover their mouth with yours breathing into their mouth until their chest rises. Continue this until help arrives.

Chest pains caused by accidents

Accidents can happen anywhere and, depending on the health of the person involved, could cause a more serious illness or injury. If someone in the workplace is suffering from a specific health condition, their employers may have to carry out regular health and safety assessments to ensure that they are fit and able to carry on working. Employers must reduce all hazards in a workplace where possible and there may be more risk of accident to someone with a condition like heart arrhythmia or angina. Someone may also have a pacemaker as a result of a previous heart attack and employers can work with them to discuss the work they feel fit to do.

If you have a health condition and have suffered chest pains at work because of a lack of health and safety evaluations, you may be entitled to compensation. You can get help from Accident Advice Helpline, a law firm which cares about the victims of personal injury and illness. Should there be evidence someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to a cash payout to help you cope with any loss of wages after your accident or illness.

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