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Surviving a Heart Attack

Dr. Patrick Teefy, Head of Cardiology at the Nuclear Medicine Institute Hospital in London, Ontario has shared his expertise on surviving a heart attack when you are alone.

1- Cough repeatedly and very vigorously.

2-Take a deep breath before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, like when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

3- A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without letting up until help arrives or until your heart feels like it is beating normally again.

4-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 to regain a normal rhythm.

A heart attack victim can now have a little more time to get help or get to a hospital.

Some heart attacks strike suddenly, but many people have warning signs and symptoms hours, days or weeks in advance. The earliest warning might be recurrent chest pain or pressure (angina) that’s triggered by exertion and relieved by rest. A heart attack can occur in anyone with or without risk factors but your risk for heart attack increases with age, especially if you are age 50 and older.

You’re also at increased risk if you are younger than 50 and have diabetes, smoke cigarettes, are overweight, have blocked arteries, high blood pressure, or a family history of these risk factors.

Regular checkups can identify problems that can lead to heart attack before they occur.

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