> > What you do when you're alone &have a heart attack > > > > From Rochester General Hospital > > > > 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. 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!