Let’s say it’s 7.25pm and you’re home (alone for once) after an unusually hard day on the golf course. You’re really tired and hot. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You know there is a defibrillator in the reception area but you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far. You fumble for the phone to call the hotel reception for help. (669-915-5850).
HOW DO YOU SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE?
Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, 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 help.
So stay calm and while carrying on your coughing, call someone. If you receive a call from someone who is coughing strangely every two seconds, respond to them immediately. Call for help and get down to the reception area to get that defibrillator. The machine will guide you though the life saving steps.