how to survive a heart attack alone

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    Subject: How to survive a heart attack alone

    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.
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