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What Would You Do If You Started Having A Heart Attack Right Now? – Tip #3 – Self CPR

 

Cough

Cough (Photo credit: Anders Adermark)

 

English: CPR training

English: CPR training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

This could save your life, or the life of a loved one!

Let’s say it’s 6:15 p.m. And you’re driving home
(alone of course), after an usually hard day on the job.
You’re really 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.
What can you do?
You’ve been trained in CPR
But the guy that taught the course didn’t tell
You what to do if it happened to yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order
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 keeps 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!

From Health Cares,  Rochester General  Hospital via Chapter 240s newsletter
‘AND THE BEAT GOES ON ‘
(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. Publication, Heart Response)

 

 

 

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