How to serve yourself when you have warning signs of heart attack

A heart attack is a medical emergency. A heart attack usually occurs when a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart. Without blood, tissue loses oxygen and dies.

Normally heart attack occurs when you're alone, most people with heart attack dies after lacking medical assistance. Since most people don't know the warning signs of the disease, can possibly dies immediately after the disease occurrence. The most used first aid for people with heart attack is CPR abbreviated as 'Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation'

CPR is a medical technique for reviving someone whose heart has stopped beating by pressing on their chest and breathing into their mouth. For more clarification about CPR click HERE.

The disadvantage of this CPR technique is that you can't do on yourself, it needs other people to serve you. On this article I will show you special tips for serving yourself when you have heart attack. Before that you should first understand the risk signs of heart attack, though some people with heart attack can die without any noticeable signs. To understand the warning signs of heart attack CLICK HERE.

During heart attack you might see the abnormal heart beats, dizziness and other abnormal conditions but if you see these signs you are on the way to lose consciousness. The time between signs and losing consciousness and even death is very short, it is the matter of seconds.

The following are special tips that will help to serve yourself from heart attack when you're own

(a) Cough deeply continuous until you give out sputum.
*Sputum is a mixture of saliva and mucus coughed up from the respiratory tract, typically as a result of infection or other disease and often examined microscopically to aid medical diagnosis.

(b) After every cough take a deep breathing, do continuously coughing and deep breathing until you remove sputum from your chest. Also until your heart beats become normal and until you get assistance from other people.

Deep breathing help to supply oxygen in the lungs and deep coughing help to control the heart to allow blood circulation to continue as usual and recover normal heart beats. These techniques will help patients with heart attack to reach nearby hospitals and get medical assistance.

Forceful coughing (deep coughing) increases pressure in the chest, which helps maintain blood flow. A conscious, responsive person, by coughing forcefully and repetitively, might be able to keep enough blood flowing to the brain to remain conscious for a minute or two until the arrhythmia is treated.

Many people survive heart attacks, although they can cause lasting, serious heart damage. And sometimes, a heart attack can trigger cardiac arrest, during which the heart goes into a very fast, abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) or stops beating altogether. If cardiac arrest does occur, the person will lose consciousness within seconds.

* Rhythm means a strong, regular repeated pattern of movement or sound. An abnormal heart rhythm is when your heart beats too fast, slow, or irregularly. This is also called an arrhythmia.

For most heart attacks that trigger abnormal rhythm Coughing technique can help to restore normal heart functioning and patient can reach medical assistance and survive. For heart attack that do not trigger an arrhythmia (abnormal rhythm) coughing would not help because a person will be unconscious (full cardiac arrest) and cannot cough.

Though Cough technique can help most of heart attack patients, it is important for all of us to learn how to use CPR technique, a method that involves pressing on someone chest and breathing into his/her mouth in order to restore normal heart beat (For someone whose heart has stopped beating).

CPR technique can restore normal heart beat for all kind of heart attacks, those that trigger abnormal rhythm and others that not. If you want to know more about CPR technique CLICK HERE.

CPR 032 flickr photo by clooney_97 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
(Performing CPR on toy)

Every day we lose our fellow brothers and sisters from heart attack, and most of them didn't know how to handle the situation. We can serve many lives of our fellow brothers and sisters by sharing these special tips of handling heart attack when they are alone. These tips will help them to reach hospital and get medical assistance, also all of us we need to learn how to use CPR technique and encouraging our family, friends, and neighbors to do so as well.

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Posted by: Lusubilo A. Mwaijengo

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