HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

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jobell
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   Posted 2/26/2012 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE

Let's say it's 6.15pm and you're going 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 drag 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. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself..!!

NOW HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE..

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly 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 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.


Found this on Facebook

Chris B.
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   Posted 2/26/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Logical and makes sense. Maybe take an aspirin too?

stkitt
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   Posted 2/27/2012 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
According to the American Heart Association, "the usefulness of 'cough CPR' is generally limited to monitored patients with a witnessed arrest in the hospital setting". Despite a contagious rumor, coughing doesn't prevent a heart attack.
 
A victim would probably be better off directing his or her energy towards other life saving options such as seeking immediate help or calling the emergency number.
 
To the best of my knowledge,  the "advice" posted on Facebook and other websites is not condoned by medical experts and it certainly should not be forwarded to "as many friends as possible". Forwarding this sort of misinformation is irresponsible. Using the procedure outlined in the message in place of immediately seeking medical help could actually cost a life rather than save it.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
 
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