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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
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
From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s
newsletter "AND THE BEAT GOES ON ..." (reprint from The Mended Hearts,
publication, Heart Response)