How to survive a heart attack

Please pass this along it may save a life.
HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE Please read this then pass it on. It might save someone's life...may be even your own. A cardiologist says it's the trust...Heart Attack For your info. 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 pm 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.
You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
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.
From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240's news letter, "AND THE BEAT GOES ON..." (reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response)
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This is false information. Coughing can actually make things worse. While I realize that this post was made with good intentions, NEVER believe anything you read on the internet like this. At least, check it out with snopes.com
http://www.snopes.com/toxins/coughcpr.htm
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Hi, Let me tell you of a true happening. My brother related this to me, my wife, and his wife, several years ago while visiting him.
He said that one evening he was sitting in his easy chair, his wife was sitting a few feet away on the sofa doing something. They were alone. He told us that his heart just stopped. One second it was beating and the next second it just stopped, didn't make the next beat. He said that he breathed out, and could not breath in again. He said that there was no panic, that he was very relaxed, then he said, you know what, I couldn't speak, couldn't call my wife, my vision started narrowing down, (he used his hands to show us) and when it got down to a small point, my heart suddenly beat again, then my vision snapped back out to full vision and I breathed in. Everything was back to normal. Then he said, I never told my wife what happened.
I found his story very interesting, and in light of what he told me, it would be impossible to cough to keep the heart beating. I believe the word of one who has been there and returned over stories like coughing.
Since then I have had my heart attack and open heart surgery, like so many others have had. You are not going to be coughing then either.
But how does one know, until they have been told, or have gone through it themselves? It is difficult to sort out truth from fiction on the internet.
Jack

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Prevention. You've heard all this before. Annual doctor visits. Cholesterol checked. Exercise. Weight normal. If family history merits, schedule visit with cardiologist recommended by primary care physician. Adult males, in particular, avoid doctor visits far too often. I'm on second pacemaker(first one in at age 51), cholesterol in the 150's(thanks to Lipitor), exercise 1.4 hrs/day and weight going down...never felt this good in 15 years. Nearly everyone in my family that has died in the last 50 years died of heart disease.
Larry
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Interesting! Back 17 years ago ( wow!!! ) when I took a CPR course I was taught that when the heart stops, breathing ceases as well. I always assumed that this was true. I never used CPR and I am not sure I still remember how, if I needed it.
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umm, your heartbeat doesn't have anything to do with the muscles needed to breath.
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Tunnel vision is common with hypoxia. Ask anyone who ever pulled a g too many. Some say it's the "light" of the near-death experience. Nonetheless, something which hasn't been mentioned by all the "experts" in this thread is http://www.ahealthyme.com/topic/topic100587639 . Something similar to this or vagal effect of some sort is probably the source of the cough without turning your head procedure.
Apparently breathing and heartbeat meet somewhere in the brain, eh Charlie? Use yours to do some research.

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Now I am confused as to whether it is true or not .
My cousin sent this to me in good faith . He lives in Orpington Kent not far from the Rochester hospital . I have asked him to call then and find out the truth .....
I will keep yo all posted of the results.. Sorry for the confusion mjh
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http://www.snopes.com/toxins/coughcpr.htm
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