Sunday, March 12, 2006

Surviving a Heart Attack When Alone

Heart Attack Procedure:

Let's say it is 6:15 PM and you're driving home (alone of course), after
an unusually hard day on the job. You're 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.
You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not
tell you how to perform it on yourself.


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.

When alone Everyone should also know that not every heart attack symptom
is going to be the left arm hurting.

Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first
chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who
have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

The pain in the jaw happened to me and woke me from a sound sleep.

It's pain unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

It's much easier to have a baby.

Let's be careful and be aware.

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