Heart attack: How to help YOURSELF!

My sister sent me information today that I think is invaluable. I was aware of this technique before, but it never hurts to refresh our memory. I thought it might be important to share as one never knows what’s coming next!

“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 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)

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