By the end of this session, group members will learn:
Materials and Supplies
To conduct this session, you will need:
(Optional) Note: Arrange for a health professional to come to the session to discuss cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Give group members these handouts during this session:
Act fast. Call 9—1—1. It could save your life.
Clot-busting medicines and other treatments can stop a heart attack as it is happening.
Know the heart attack warning signs:
You may not be sure it is a heart attack.
A heart attack may not be sudden or very painful. You may not be sure what is wrong.
But it is important to check it out right away.
To help survive a heart attack, take these steps:
Fast Action Saves Lives: Role Plays
Role Play 1: At Home
You are at home having breakfast with your spouse. You tell your spouse that you woke up not feeling well. You have a variety of warning signs, including:
You look worried—you are not sure what is wrong, but your spouse looks sick. You tell your spouse you have recently heard about the signs of a heart attack and are worried that this may be the problem. You say that maybe it is best if you call 9—1—1.
You insist it is nothing, probably just indigestion. It will pass; you will be fine.
You reply by telling your spouse why it is important to call 9—1—1 right away:
You call 9—1—1.
Role Play 2: At Work
You are at work one afternoon, and you see that your coworker does not look well.
You reply that you came to work this morning not feeling quite right. You describe the warning signs:
You say you have heard that these signs may mean a heart attack. If so, it is best to get it checked out right away at the hospital. You offer to call 9—1—1.
You give your coworker many reasons why this is not necessary.
You tell your coworker why it is important to call 9—1—1 right away. You make the call.
Role Play 3: At Night
You are at home one night reading a magazine when you suddenly start to feel very sick. You call your neighbor on the phone to say you are not feeling well.
You feel it is something bad, and you think you should drive yourself to the hospital. Will your neighbor go with you?
You tell your neighbor you are worried because these symptoms sound like the warning signs of a heart attack. You say in this case it is best to call 9—1—1, not to drive yourself, so you will get to the hospital safely and be treated right away.
You protest that you don't want to wake up the neighborhood and cause a big scene with the siren and all the lights; it's easier to drive.
You tell your neighbor why it is better to call the emergency service.
You agree that this makes sense. You ask your neighbor to call 9—1—1 for you right away and then come over to be with you.
Date of Birth: ____________________
Home Phone: ____________________
Family Doctor: ____________________
Local Clinic/Hospital: ____________________
Fire Department: ____________________
Local Police Department: ____________________
Do you have any of the following conditions?
Heart Disease _____ Yes _____ No
Previous Heart Attack _____ Yes _____ No
High Blood Pressure _____ Yes _____ No
High Blood Cholesterol _____ Yes _____ No
Diabetes _____ Yes _____ No
List current medications, known allergies, and any other information.
Current Medications: __________________________________________________
Known Allergies: __________________________________________________
Other Information: __________________________________________________
Last Updated December 2010