Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Fwd: FW: Heart Attack Survival
Re: Fwd: FW: Heart Attack Survival
John P. Miller
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 00:28:37 -0400
> > Subject: Heart Attack Survival
> > Let's say it's 4:17 p.m. and your driving home, (alone of course) after
> > an unusually hard day on the job. Not only was the work load
> > extraordinarily heavy, you also had a disagreement with your boss,
> > and no matter how hard you tried he just wouldn't see your side of the
> > situation. You're really upset and the more you think about it the
> > more up tight you become. All of a sudden 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.
> > HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
> > (Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article
> > seemed 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. 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
> > phone
> > and, between breaths,
> > call for help.
> > Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their
> > lives!
> > --from Health Cares,
> > Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240's newsletter AND THE BEAT GOES
> > ON...(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart