1. Let's say it's 7:25pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.

    2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.

    3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw.
      You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

    4. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.

    5. 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.

    7. 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.

    8. 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.
      In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.

    9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!

  • Damn. Useful information there. Thanks Mike!

  • Great to know.

    I know many of us on here aren't of the age that we think heart attacks can happen. But a heart attack can happen to anyone at any age. Same with strokes.

  • Aspirin a day for me.
    Stress Test was passed in February with good results which were above average for my age group.
    Still overweight though.

  • @orkan
    That was sent to me by a close friend.
    It is very good to know; just hope no one will need to use it.