HOW TO HELP IF HAVING A HEART ATTACK
HOW TO HELP YOURSELF IF HAVING A HEART ATTACK......
1 Let's say it's 7:25 pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
2 ...You're really tired, upset and frustrated.
3 Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.
4 Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.
5 You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
6 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.
7 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.
8 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.
9 Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!
10 A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this mail, kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.
NB: A bit of context: It may be a good idea to lie flat as well. Feeling faint can indicate a drop in blood pressure, so blood [and oxygen] is not getting to the brain. In a heart attack the heart is not beating efficiently so lying in a prone position reduces the cardiac effort needed to [hopefully] remain conscious, so breathing and coughing as described is about the only CPR that one can do to oneself.
Even better to pull over, find someone who can dial 999 whilst doing CPR for you.