Just the thought of having a heart attack is scary. However, as much as we are terrified to think about it, it can happen to anyone, especially if you are amongst those at risk for a heart attack. What is important to note is that while we may never know what or when something will befall us, having the pertinent knowledge will be the difference between life and death. If a heart attack should occur, chances are you may be alone, or the person around you may not be able to do much than call for help and wait. According to research, a person has approximately 10 secs before they lose consciousness. Therefore, knowing the basics you can do until help arrives will make a difference.
So here is what you can do if you are ever in this situation or someone that you know:
- Call for help – do not hesitate to call immediately for help if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Every second counts.
- Try to stay calm– This may be hard to do because it is a very terrifying moment. It may be a good idea to start training ourselves in case this should happen (God forbid). When we are calm, we are better able to think clearer and do what we must.
- Cough vigorously and repeatedly – This method is called Cough CPR. So do this by taking a deep breath before each cough. The cough must be deep and prolonged, similar to when trying to remove sputum deep inside your chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated every two seconds. Continue to do this until either help arrives or you breathe normally again. The deep breath allows fresh air to enter the lungs, and the coughing squeezes the heart, allowing blood circulation and nature to regain its normal rhythm. Practice and share this with those you know.
- Cayenne Pepper – It is my humble opinion that every home must have red cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper will speed up and strengthen the heart’s action. Take half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in some water and drink. You can also place the cayenne pepper in your mouth without water once you can tolerate it.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
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