Heart Attack

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Posted on September 01, 2003

You're Having a Heart Attack...
and you're ALONE!

Original Author Unknown

Many people suffer a heart attack when they're alone.
Here's a bit of advice that may save your life...

     Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds before losing consciousness.

     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 cough must be repeated about every two seconds with stopping until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally once again.  Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing helps 'squeeze' the heart, keep the blood circulating.  This 'squeezing' also helps the heart regain its normal rhythm.  In this way, heart attack victims may be able to get to a phone and, between breaths, call for help.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in America.  Are you putting yourself at risk for a heart attack?    Do you smoke?  Is there family history of coronary disease or previous heart attacks?  If you want to learn more about heart attack symptoms and risks, sign online and use our medical search engine

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