AF Association

Is this Real?

I found this on my FB Page from my sister is it true or have some truth in it?

Let’s say it’s 6.15pm and you’re going 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 drag 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. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE 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.

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This is not new and has been around for a few years now. I really hope I never have to test it but worth knowing just in case.



Hello Offcut --- as a fully paid up member of the Hypochondriacs Club I shall remember this little gem . And as Bob endorses it I know it must be right !



This is what 'hoax slayer' has to say about it. Although some of it is true it's best not to rely on it to save your life.


If I only had 10 seconds before I might lose consciousness with a heart attack I would dial 911 to get emergency help on the way and CHEW a 325mg. aspirin. Chewing the aspirin is much more likely to save one's life by preventing platelets from blocking the coronary vessels during the attack. It is often recommended to keep one aspirin (or 3 baby aspirin ) with you or readily available at home for just such a situation. After you've done those two things, then you can try the above suggestion!


Would need to do that if you are on Warfarin?


Off course, you should check with your own physician, but generally the answer is yes because during an acute injury, like a heart attack, platelets (think of them as little bags of glue) come rushing to the injured blood vessel and heart wall to clog up the works. Aspirin helps to unplug those vessels quickly when chewed. Aspirin works differently than warfarin or the newer anticoagulants and significantly increases survival from a heart attack and is the drug of choice in such a situation. Conversely one should NOT take aspirin if a stroke is suspected because you don't automatically know if the stroke is from a blockage or a bleed.


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