[ExI] heart attack while alone
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 15:20:15 UTC 2018
1. Let’s say it’s 7.25pm 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 who 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.
Few forwards save lives, but this may be one of them.
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