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Jan. 24, 2017 at 11:43am
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
It's 7:00 PM and you're going home after a hard day on the job. You are tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start to experience severe pain in your chest (often described as "an elephant sitting on my chest") that works it's way down your arm and up into your jaw.
You are still some miles from a hospital and you're not sure you'll be able to make it that far. You know CPR but you can't perform it on yourself. How do you survive a heart attack when alone?
One way is to cough repeatedly and very vigorously. Take a deep breath before each cough, and make the cough deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest when you have the flu.
A breath and a cough should be repeated about every two seconds without letting up until help arrives or until the heart starts to beat normally again.
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements sqeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating, The sqeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm. Then you can get help or to a hospital.
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