Healthy heart, vessels and brain

“Your Heart for Life” campaign teaches people how to take care of their heart. Only a few people know, how to prevent cardiovascular diseases, how to recognize a heart attack or stroke, or what to do in such situations. 

How to do chest compressions?

  1. Put your phone on the speaker
  2. Kneel next to the patient
  3. Place your hands over the center of their chest (between the nipples)
  4. Interlace your fingers
  5. Make sure your elbows are straight
  6. Using your upper body weight, push straight down on the chest at least 5 cm deep (it's the size of a Tic Tac box)
  7. Keep the pace of 100 compressions per minute (to the rhythm of Jingle Bells or Stayin Alive from Bee Gees)

NÁŠ TIP:

Download the ZÁCHRANKA app. 

  • It will call the emergency service
  • It will send your location to the dispatcher
  • It will guide you through the chest compressions

How to prevent a heart attack and stroke?

Preventable risk factors:

  • Smoking - If you quit smoking, the risk of having a heart attack or stroke lowers by up to 50%.
  • Lack of exercise - Exercise regularly, at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes.
  • Sleep - Sleep for at least 7 hours a day and go to bed (and from it) at the same time every day (yes, even at weekends :) )
  • Diabetes - If you have diabetes, get checked by your doctor regularly
  • Blood pressure - If you have high blood pressure, check it regularly and take your pills

Non-preventable risk factors:

  • Gender - Men are more prone to both heart attack and stroke, women are more protected thanks to their sex hormones - estrogens.
  • Age - The risk of having a stroke or a heart attack is higher after you turn 55.
  • Genetics - If someone from your family had a stroke before the age of 55, tell that to your GP. Familial hypercholesterolemia, for example, is a hereditary disease, which can manifest at a young age.

What to do when...

5 important steps to do when you have or see someone else having a heart attack or stroke.

Don't panic, don't look for advice on the internet and start acting!

Call 155 for help!

Stay where you are and wait for an ambulance

Is the patient conscious? Shoothe him/her. Check breathing and reactions (talk, pinch the patient's ear)

Is the patient unconscious? Check breathing - tilt the patient's head back and see, if the chest is moving up and down. If the patient is not breathing, start chest compressions immediately!

Is anything unclear or do you simply have a question?