Many heart attacks are survivable, especially if you’ve taken the time to prepare yourself. Anyone who thinks they’re at risk for a heart attack should get a complete medical evaluation as soon as possible.The information below is far from everything you need to know, but it’s enough to point you in the right direction.
1. Listen only to advice from medical professionals. A widely circulated e-mail recently advocated a procedure called cough CPR as a way to treat a heart attack.
2. Limit your risk. Listen to your doctor and make changes in your lifestyle to lower your chances of a heart attack. Stop smoking, get regular exercise, improve your diet and reduce stress.
What to do
4. Recognize heart attack symptoms. Shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the chest, and pain in the neck or radiating down the arms are all associated with an attack.
5. Pull over if you suffer an attack while driving. You may only have seconds before you lose consciousness. Don’t try to drive to the hospital no matter how close you are.
6. Call for medical help and describe what symptoms you’re feeling and where you are located.
7. Take an aspirin (325 mg) at the first sign of an attack. Aspirin makes blood platelets less likely to stick to each other, assisting blood flow and reducing clots. Chew it up if no drink is readily available–the time and oxygen you waste in waiting to get a sip of something isn’t worth it when you’re acutely symptomatic.
8. Take a beta-blocking drug immediately upon feeling an attack. This is a prescription-only drug; if you have a heart condition, you probably already have this medication.
9. Administer oxygen to yourself. You are likely to have bottled oxygen available only if you have a diagnosed heart condition.
10.Thump yourself on the chest as hard as possible. This is very effective when administered by someone else but can be hard to do to yourself.
You could also attempt the Cough CPR…
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, 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!!
A cardiologist says If everyone who sees this post shares it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life..