HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
10/15/03 ~ A Special Thanks to Joe Vecchione for sending this. . .
Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually
hard day on the job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest
that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your
home; unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but
the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself. Since many people are alone when they
suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order...
Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint,
has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly
and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing
sputum from deep inside the chest breaths and a cough must be repeated about every 2 seconds without let up until help arrives,
or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze
the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm. In this
way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital. Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!
Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s newsletter
AND THE BEAT GOES ON ... (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart
David E. Rast, ASLA
of Peachtree City
153 Willowbend Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269