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HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK ALONE<br><br><br><br>
If everyone who gets this sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.<br><br><br><br>
Let's say it's 6: 15 p. m. and you're driving home alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the<br><br>
job. You're really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly, you start experiencing severe pain in your<br><br>
chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from<br><br>
the hospital nearest your home; unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.<br><br><br><br>
What can you do? You've been trained in CPR but the guy that taught the course neglected to tell<br><br>
you how to perform it on yourself.<br><br><br><br>
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order.<br><br><br><br>
Without help, the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel faint, has<br><br>
only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.<br><br><br><br>
However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.<br><br>
A deep breath should be taken before each cough. The cough must be deep and prolonged, as<br><br>
when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. And a cough must be repeated about every<br><br>
2 seconds without let up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.<br><br><br><br>
Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood<br><br>
circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm.<br><br><br><br>
In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.<br><br><br><br>
Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!<br><br><br><br>
From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital<br><br>
(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc.publication,Heart Response)
 

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please, no one attempt to do this. this is an urban legend that's been floating around the 'net since 1999. it may work in a very small minority of cases, where the heart has <i>actually</i> stopped beating (true cardiac arrest), but can be fatal for someone who is in the early stages of a heart attack. please see:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.snopes.com/toxins/coughcpr.htm" target="_blank">http://www.snopes.com/toxins/coughcpr.htm</a>
 

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Yeah, well, it was a forward...not always reliable stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Brake4Squirrels</i><br><br><b>HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK ALONE<br><br><br><br>
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This was the "hoax" in the "Hoax-meister" thread.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2597&highlight=Hoaxmeister" target="_blank">http://veggieboards.com/boards/showt...ht=Hoaxmeister</a><br><br><br><br>
You need to keep up with your VB reading, B4S. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<a href="http://www.viahealth.org/rgh/heartattack.htm" target="_blank">http://www.viahealth.org/rgh/heartattack.htm</a><br><br><br><br><b>Important Notice Regarding the article "How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone."</b><br><br><br><br>
Hundreds of people around the country have been receiving an e-mail message entitled "How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone." This article recommends a procedure to survive a heart attack in which the victim is advised to repeatedly cough at regular intervals until help arrives.<br><br><br><br>
The source of information for this article was attributed to ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital. This article is being propagated on the Internet as individuals send it to friends and acquaintances - and then those recipients of the memo send it to their friends and acquaintances, and so on.<br><br><br><br>
We can find no record that an article even resembling this was produced by Rochester General Hospital within the last 20 years. Furthermore, the medical information listed in the article can not be verified by current medical literature and is in no way condoned by this hospitals medical staff. Also, both The Mended Hearts, Inc., a support organization for heart patients, and the American Heart Association have said that this information should not be forwarded or used by anyone.<br><br><br><br>
Please help us combat the proliferation of this misinformation. We ask that you please send this e-mail to anyone who sent you the article, and please ask them to do the same.<br><br><br><br>
Sincerely,<br><br><br><br>
Rich Sensenbach<br><br>
Web Development Coordinator<br><br>
ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital<br><br>
(585) 922-1024<br><br><br><br>
For reporters:<br><br><br><br>
Other information on this issue can be gathered from<br><br>
The Mended Hearts, Inc. at <a href="http://www.mendedhearts.org" target="_blank">www.mendedhearts.org</a><br><br>
email to: <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br><br>
or<br><br>
Urban Legends Reference Pages<br><br><br><br>
Heart and other health related information is available on our website at <a href="http://www.viahealth.org" target="_blank">www.viahealth.org</a>
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by maxi</i><br><br><b>so what should we actually do in this situation? Any docs on here?</b></div>
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I am not a doctor, but what to do is spelled out by doctors quoted in the article linked by Kreeli above. To summarize:<br><br><br><br>
1) Call 911/call for help<br><br>
2) Take an aspirin--325 mg. Better if you chew it first.<br><br>
3) Remain as still as possible and rest until help arrives.
 

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no i dont do much VB reading. I read the posts, but few of the articles.<br><br><br><br>
but i dont think those tips would be enough. It seems you're pretty much helpless and doomed if you're alone. First off, you don't always have a phone. No, not everybody has a cellphone. Aspirin is kind of a harsh medicine that rips up the stomach lining. Advil and non-aspirin pain killers are better if you feel like you need them. I don't know if one should take them just to prevent a heart attack. The best way to prevent a heart attack is to watch what you eat and excercise.<br><br><br><br>
Besides, a person having a heart attack quite often does not know they are having one. Women have different symptoms than men as well. So you don't always know what to do or when.
 

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... and diabetics getting a heart attack might not feel anything at all.<br><br>
Stop the car or you risk not only your own life, get help, get an ambulance, take an aspirin if you have, take nitro-spray if you have a known heart condition (even working much quicker than aspirin).
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Brake4Squirrels</i><br><br><b>no i dont do much VB reading. I read the posts, but few of the articles.<br><br><br><br>
. Aspirin is kind of a harsh medicine that rips up the stomach lining. Advil and non-aspirin pain killers are better if you feel like you need them. I don't know if one should take them just to prevent a heart attack<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
The best way to prevent a heart attack is to watch what you eat and excercise.<br><br><br><br>
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Aspirin is a blood THINNER. A large percentage of MI's (heart attacks) are caused by blood CLOTS lodging in coronary arteries and compromising blood flow. blood CLOTS are thinned by blood THINNERS (aspirin in the field and drugs like TPA in the hospital). when you're having an MI i don't think you worry TOO much about your stomach lining being irritated. For daily aspirin therapy you can take ASA (aspirin) with food to reduce irritation and use a lower dosage or even baby aspirin<br><br><br><br>
well...yes BUT not all MIs are caused by poor diet and exercise habits. Jim Fixx the marathoner died of an MI....i believe he had good dietary habits...we KNOW he exercised <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
*****sorry i tried to edit and probably messed everything up more**** <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Brake4Squirrels</i><br><br><b>no i dont do much VB reading. I read the posts, but few of the articles.<br><br><br><br>
but i dont think those tips would be enough. It seems you're pretty much helpless and doomed if you're alone. First off, you don't always have a phone. No, not everybody has a cellphone. Aspirin is kind of a harsh medicine that rips up the stomach lining. Advil and non-aspirin pain killers are better if you feel like you need them. I don't know if one should take them just to prevent a heart attack. The best way to prevent a heart attack is to watch what you eat and excercise.<br><br><br><br>
Besides, a person having a heart attack quite often does not know they are having one. Women have different symptoms than men as well. So you don't always know what to do or when.</b></div>
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Well we are talking about having a heart attack when alone. Very serious situation. Too late to change your diet. And you are right, there is a high chance you are doomed. If there is no phone, perhaps try to get someone's attention, but chances are you might not be conscious very long.<br><br><br><br>
Yes, you are right, the tips might not be enough. Heart attacks are highly lethal. But the tips above are all we have.<br><br><br><br>
And if I had heart disease that could be helped by aspirin, I would take it. Daily doses for prevention are usually only 81mg. In addition to being a blood thinner, it is also anti-inflammatory. Aspirin is salicylic acid, which is a chemical in produce, leading many people to think that it may be a reason fruits and vegetables prevent heart attacks. Enteric coated aspirin is also available. It doesn't harm the stomach.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/sections/living/DailyNews/vegetables_aspirin010627.html" target="_blank">http://abcnews.go.com/sections/livin...rin010627.html</a>
 

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Aspirin inhibits the clotting of platelets and works great at prevebting a seconf MI. Nitro widens the vessels.<br><br>
Veg*an life style gives us lots of protection against MI: PUFAs influence the rheology of blodd psitively, some components in veggies work like aspirin.
 
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