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How to Survive a Heart Attack if You’re Alone

Monday, January 10th, 2011

What are you to do if you have a heart attack when you’re all alone?

The following is a discovery made by the Johnson City Medical Center staff. This discovery was made through an in-depth study in its Intensive Care Unit. The two individuals who made the discovery published an article about it and also had it incorporated into ACLS and CPR training courses.

This is very true. It works, and it is called Cough CPR.

Imagine it’s 6:15 p.m. and you’re driving home alone after a hard day on the job. You feel exhausted, 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, but 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 your instructor who 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 discovery is one that holds weight.

Without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. Thanks to this discovery, 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.
survive heart attack alone

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.

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