A man suffered a fatal heart attack after being assaulted during an alleged house robbery in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday night.
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Man dies from a heart attack while being robbed
ER24 spokesperson Ineke van Huyssteen said when paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 9pm, they found a family member performing CPR on the deceased.
“Paramedics continued with CPR, but unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all involved, the man was declared dead shortly afterwards. Four other family members were also treated on the scene for minor injuries and shock,” she said.
Van Huyssteen added the exact circumstances were not known to paramedics, however police were on the scene for further investigations.
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A heart attack can strike anytime and unexpectedly. This may be caused by certain health complications.
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Here are the symptoms:
- Chest pains
- Chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, back, arm, or shoulder
- Feeling nauseous
- Feeling light-headed
- Unusual tiredness
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Here are some tips you can use to help:
- Call 911 or your local emergency number. Don’t ignore the symptoms of a heart attack. If you can’t get an ambulance or emergency vehicle to come to you, have a neighbor or a friend drive you to the nearest hospital. Drive yourself only if you have no other option. Because your condition can worsen, driving yourself puts you and others at risk.
- Chew and swallow an aspirin while waiting for emergency help. Aspirin helps keep your blood from clotting. When taken during a heart attack, it could reduce heart damage. Don’t take aspirin if you are allergic to it or have been told by your health care provider never to take aspirin.
- Take nitroglycerin, if prescribed. If you think you’re having a heart attack and your health care provider has previously prescribed nitroglycerin for you, take it as directed while waiting for emergency medical help.
- Begin CPR if the person is unconscious. If the person isn’t breathing or you don’t find a pulse, begin CPR to keep blood flowing after you call for emergency medical help.Push hard and fast on the center of the person’s chest in a fairly rapid rhythm — about 100 to 120 compressions a minute.
- If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is immediately available and the person is unconscious, follow the device instructions for using it.
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