How to save yourself.
Let's say it's 6:17 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course)after
an unusually hard day on the job. Not only was the workload
extraordinarily heavy, you also had a disagreement with your boss, and no matter how
hard you tried he just wouldn't see your side of the situation. You're
really upset and the more you think about it the more uptight you become.
All of a sudden 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.
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, what can you do?
Without help a person whose heart stops beating properly begins to feel
faint and has 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 phone and, between breaths, call for help. You'll be giving
yourself CPR with this technique. Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their life! The above was taken 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)
There you have it. Simple to remember, easy to do.
Save a life, your life, my friend.