Tuesday, 17 February 2009

How To Survive A Heart Attack

How to survive a heart 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 2 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 hospital.

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