birding-aus How to survive a heart attack when alone

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Subject: birding-aus How to survive a heart attack when alone
From: "Reg Clark" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jun 1999 14:59:40 +1000
Hi all

The following information was posted to the US Birdchat list by bird
photographer Steve Sosensky and I am taking the liberty of  passing on (bad
choice of words) this informative -for some of us- news.
Best wishes
Reg Clark
11 Carmen St
St Ives NSW 2075
All of a sudden you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that
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
CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell you how to perform
it on yourself.

This is a reprint of an article that was published in the newsletter of
Rochester General Hospital. It gives you a course of action should you find
yourself alone and think that you are having a heart attack. Before passing
it on to anyone else (I didn't recognize the source), I felt it was
to get a more learned opinion as to the validity of the procedure so I
dropped it off for Dr. Domangue (Plant Medical Director) to comment on. His
comment was very brief:  "You should do this."


(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
feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
PLEASE first pull to the side of the road, if driving. However, these
can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep
should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and
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

Naturally you should call 911 as soon as you can.

------------------ end forwarded message --------------------------------

Good birding,
Steve Sosensky, photographer

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