Survive Heart Attack When Alone

Each and every year 1.5 million people suffered from heart attack and due to this 500,000 people die. This survey takes in America and Heart attack is one of the leading causes of death among peoples in America. If 500,000 peoples in America has died then what will be the condition for other counties?. In this article I have given the tips on how to survive a heart attack when alone. First you have to know the symptoms of Heart Attack.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
It is recommended that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — should learn how to do CPR.

It's far better to know something, at least, than know nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities won't be 100 percent complete.

Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.

What if it becomes the case where you are the victim, then what happens? How will you save yourself?

Let’s say it’s about 7.25pm 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 in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.

Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far. Maybe 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.

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.

Also, after regaining some consciousness, the victim can dial his/her country's health emergency number, in a case where there's no hospital nearby.

 Main symptoms of heart attack

  •     Shortness of breath
  •     Tightness or fullness in the chest and intense pain radiating out from the chest

These are the definite warning symptoms of heart attack but large percentage of heart attacks are not accompanied by these symptoms. They come any one of the following symptoms or in combination with other symptoms.
  •     Pressure and pain in the chest
  •     Rapid heartbeat
  •     Lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting
  •     Profuse sweating
  •     Sudden feeling of illness

How to Handle Heart Attack When Alone

Many people suffer from heart attack when they are alone. At that time there is no one to help them and lost their conscious within 10 seconds. The below tips can help you to handle the situation.

What to do when a heart attack occurs?

Should you experience a heart attack – regardless of whether you’re alone or in the presence of others – the very first thing to do is to call for emergency medical help. You need specialised treatment to be delivered to you as quickly as possible in order to save your heart muscle.

“Should you be alone when a heart attack occurs, stop whatever you’re doing, proceed to a safe place to rest and call for medical help. For example, if you’re driving, first pull to the side of the road and call for aid,” advises Dr Chin. 

What you could do while waiting for medical help to arrive

Large studies have also shown that taking an aspirin – the most commonly taken blood thinning medication in the world – during a heart attack improves survival.

Most cases of heart attack are caused by a blood clot forming in one of the blood vessels responsible for supplying blood to the heart. The resulting blockage deprives the heart of oxygen-rich blood, causing damage to the heart muscle, which progressively dies. Taking an aspirin during a heart attack may help as it prevents the clot from getting bigger, giving the body a chance to break down the blood clot.

If you have aspirin at home, and you know that you are not allergic to it, then you could consider taking it while waiting for the emergency medical services to arrive.

What does NOT improve survival during a heart attack

Could taking nitroglycerin – a prescribed medication that temporarily widens blood vessels to improve blood supply to the heart – also help?

Dr Chin says, “Nitroglycerin has not been shown to prevent heart attacks or improve survival substantially during an attack. It is more useful for patients with angina, an altogether different condition where patients experience chest pain or discomfort when exerting themselves."

Angina results from an imbalance in the supply and demand for blood to the heart, but it is due to a narrowed blood vessel and not to a clot that needs to be broken down. Taking nitroglycerin during such a situation may temporarily expand the narrowed blood vessel and relieve discomfort.

Coughing repeatedly: A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds until help arrives or until the heart beating normally again.

“In rare cases where the heart beat is very slow from an abnormal reflex mechanism, coughing may help restore normal heart rhythm – but this is not what happens in a heart attack."

Similarly, applying pressure on the chest area during a heart attack is unlikely to help unless the person’s heart has stopped beating (also known as a cardiac arrest). When this happens, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) should be administered – ideally by someone who is trained to do so.

“Even if a person is qualified to give CPR, he or she should call for help and notify the emergency medical services before administering aid,”

Breathe deeply: A deep breath helps to get oxygen into the lungs and cough helps in blood circulation.
Try to keep relaxing. After getting normal condition, immediately go to the hospital or call ambulance.

Dr Strange is one of a Founder member and Author of Eureka Sparks. He is a Medical Researcher and on Modern Medical Ethics.

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