Save a Life – Learn how to help patient of Heart Attack

What to do if suddenly someone you know starts having chest pain that radiates to your arm/shoulder and up into your jaw?

What to do if you start having the above symptoms and you are still a few miles away from a hospital?

This is the commonest presentation of what in common language is called “heart attack”.

The following is a simple method can help you save lives and also save your own:

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack or away from a medical facility, without help the failing heart only leaves a few seconds to minutes before the start of pain and the patient falling unconscious.

1st step – Ringing the alarm – If you notice is chest pain over the left side, radiating towards the arm and into the jaw there is high possibility of it being a heart problem.
Here you have to be practical. The victim might not have any previous history of heart problems, might not be obese, and might be “fit and fine” in your views, but that still doesn’t discount the chance of it being a heart attack.
Don’t take it lightly, ring the alarm in your head and swing into emergency mode.

2nd step – Don’t wait in hope that pain will subside- Once you have identified the problem, it’s important that you immediately call for an ambulance. The following technique will help you till medical help comes, but you still require medical help for the same.

3rd  step – Start the following simple process, it can be a difference between life and death – As the victim to start 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.

How does this help?- 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.

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

(Thanks to Mrs.Madhavi elaprolu for this information)

Thanks for reading

Dr.Hemant Mittal (MBBS,PGDPM, MBPS, MD(mindmantra))
Motivational Speaker - Mind Trainer –
Emotional, Behavioral, Sleep, Memory and Sexual Health Consultant at Mind Mantra.

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