Something you might want to remember....

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Something you might want to remember....
Sun, 04-13-2003 - 11:42pm
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.

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 did not

tell you how to perform it on yourself.

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article

seemed to be in order. Without help, the person whose heart is 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.

A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without letting

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.

PLEASE tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their

lives!

From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s

newsletter "AND THE BEAT GOES ON ..." (reprint from The Mended Hearts,

Inc.

publication, Heart Response)