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> Subject: How to survive a heart attack when when alone > > > > 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. Well, there is something that you > can > > do! > > > > HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE > > > > Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article > > seemed 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. > > > > A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let > up > > until help arrives, or until the heart is to begin 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! > > > > From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital > > via Chapter 240's Newsletter and THE BEAT GOES ON > > (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, > > Heart Response) > > > > BE A FRIEND AND PLEASE SEND THIS ARTICLE TO AS MANY FRIENDS AND FAMILY > AS > > POSSIBLE > > >