With hunting season beginning, the American Heart Association encourages hunters to follow health safety tips. That's why AHA staff welcomed hunters into South Dakota at the Sioux Falls by training them in HANDS-ONLY CPR. Unfortunately, every year, some hunters suffer from heart attacks or strokes during the season, so having bystanders who are trained in CPR can be the difference a between life and death situation if a sudden cardiac arrest would happen.
The warning signs of a heart attack are an uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back again. Also, the pain spreads to the shoulders, neck and arms and is often accompanied by light-headedness, sweating, nausea and shortness of breath.
Stroke is also a concern while hunting, and its warning signs include a sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, and a sudden dizziness and loss of coordination. Other health tips include seeing a doctor for an annual checkup, avoiding a heavy breakfast before leaving, avoiding hunting alone, and to telling friends or family your location and scheduled return.