Heart Attack

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“I came across this very interesting forwarded email and I think it’s my duty to share it for the awareness and benefit of everyone. Here it is:”


Let’s say it’s 6:15 pm and you’re driving home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job. You’re really tired, and frustrated……
You are really stressed and upset ….

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 five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.
WHAT TO DO ???


You have been trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but the guy that conducted the course didn’t tell you how to perform it on yourself !!!
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 conscious.
WHAT TO DO ???

ANSWER:

Do not panic, but start coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.
A deep breath should be taken before each cough; 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.
Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives !!! Don’t ever think that you are not prone to heart attack as your age is less than 25 or 30. Nowadays due to the change in the lifestyle, heart attack is found among people of all age groups.
ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON N.ş 240 OF JOURNAL OF GENERAL HOSPITAL ROCHESTER

Brahmanyan,
Bangalore.

PS: On rechecking the source for authenticity of the Article I found the following information from American Heart Association::

"The AHA explains on its Web site, “During a sudden arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm), it maybe possible for a conscious, responsive person to cough forcefully and maintain enough blood flow to the brain to remain conscious for a few seconds until the arrhythmia disappears or is treated. . . . This has been mislabeled ‘cough CPR,’ although it’s not a form of traditional resuscitation.” The AHA does not endorse this method nor does it teach it as part of any core curriculum. The organization adds that the only appropriate setting for this type of response is limited to “monitored patients with a witnessed arrest” already in the hospital.
So what should you really do if you’re alone and you experience signs of a heart attack? The AHA says that “if you’re driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone 911 on a cellular telephone.”

Perhaps Doctors in the Forum can shed more light on this important subject.

Brahmanyan,
Bangalore.