HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK ALONE
For those of you who have a heart
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK ALONE From F. Daniel Rochman MD If everyone who gets this sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life. Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. and you're driving home (alone of course), after an unusually 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 neglected to tell you how to perform it on 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 stops beating properly 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, 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 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)
Special Thanks to John P.
July 23, 2003 We recieved this from Bill L:
Your Article on "HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK ALONE" posted at url http://www.strangecosmos.com/read.adp?joke_id=4317 is an "Urban Legend. The Mended Hearts association and the AHA, AMA, etc.. does not endorse this procedure.
Here is an Article from the AHA on this matter.
American Heart Association Statement Cough-CPR
The American Heart Association does not recommend the use of "cough-CPR." This procedure is being erroneously advocated on the Internet and through e-mail as a possible treatment for those who suffer a heart attack and cardiac arrest while alone.
The coughing technique described as "cough CPR" has been used in hospitals by physicians to treat sudden irregular heartbeats in monitored patients during cardiac catheterization procedures. In this scenario, a responsive patient who develops a sudden irregular heartbeat could possibly maintain blood flow to the brain and remain conscious for a few seconds if they cough vigorously and forcefully while being directed by a physician.
A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is severely reduced or stopped due to a blockage in one of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart. During a heart attack, many people remain conscious, so the most important action is for a victim or a bystander to call 911 immediately to access emergency medical services.
Traditional CPR is not used to treat heart attack victims who remain conscious - it is only used if the heart attack is followed by cardiac arrest. A cardiac arrest occurs due to a sudden irregular heartbeat that causes the heart to stop pumping blood through the body. Cardiac arrest may or may not occur following a heart attack.
Often the first recognizable sign of sudden cardiac arrest is that the victim becomes unresponsive. This means they have collapsed, lost consciousness, do not respond to stimuli such as shouting or shaking and do not breathe normally. An unresponsive victim will not be able to perform "cough CPR."
The American Heart Association encourages the public to call 911 immediately if they witness a sudden cardiac arrest and to begin CPR, using a combination of rescue breaths and chest compressions. The association does not advocate the use of cough CPR. The association recommends that everyone learn to perform traditional CPR so they can be prepared to help a sudden cardiac arrest victim.
Sudden cardiac arrest may occur without any known cause or warning. Following are the signs of sudden cardiac arrest:
· Sudden loss of consciousness
· Loss of responsiveness (no response to stimulation)
· Absence of normal breathing
For more information about CPR training, call the American Heart Association at 1-877-AHA-4CPR.