Sunday, July 02, 2006


I got this in an email.

> >Signs of a Heart Attack.
> >Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first
> >chest pain
> >during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also
> >common symptoms.
> >60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.
> >The pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep.
> >It's pain unlike anything you've ever experienced before.
> >Given a choice between natural child birth and a heart attack, pain-wise;
> >it's much easier to have a baby. Let's be careful and be aware.
> >The more we know.......... A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this
> >mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one
> >life.
> >Read this... It could save your life!! Let's say it's 6.15pm and you're
> >driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job.
> >You're tired, upset and frustrated. ! Suddenly you start experiencing
> >severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up
> >into your jaw.
> >You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home.
> >Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far. 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 letup
> >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.

So, I'm trying to image myself driving to the hospital coughing all the way. But, at least it's better than having to lie on the ground and do chest compressions on yourself.

I hope this is not another Nigerian scam.
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