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How to Detect a Heart Attack while Driving

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 09 Sep 2013

How to detect heart attack while drivingThe World Health Organization (WHO) relates cardiovascular diseases as the number one cause of deaths across the globe. As per the reports from this international organization, nearly 6.2 million died of a heart attack in 2011. Speaking particularly about India, heart attacks account for 30 % of total deaths in India and roughly 50 million are affected from heart diseases. Considering the alarming statistics on heart diseases prevalent in India one can say – heart attack can occur anytime. At work, with family and even while you are driving.

If you are diagnosed with a heart disease, you must be careful enough while driving. Whether you drive for an earning or to reach office in the morning or even it is a hobby, you must drive in a safe and prudent manner. Your safety on the driving seat is directly proportional to those on the road. You cannot plan a heart attack but you can be well acquainted with the know-how of how to detect it.

Warning Signs Of A Heart Attack While Driving

Look for the following signs to detect a heart attack while you are driving a car. These are found both in man and woman. Compared to man, woman most commonly feel chest pain and discomfort.

  1. Chest Pain & Discomfort – Your chest hurts or feels squeezed. Discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  2. Shortness of Breath – Shortness of breath. You may feel like you can’t breathe or catch your breath.
  3. Nausea and Vomiting – You may also feel sick and get a tendency to vomit.  
  4. Light-headedness – People having a heart attack may also feel light-headed.
  5. Anxiety – You may also come across panic attack.
  6. Sweating – You may also suddenly break into sweat with accompanied by a cold shiver.

Few Life Saving Steps

India is often called the heart disease capital of the world due to the rising number of cardiac patients. The WHO predicts that by the year 2020 one-third of deaths here will be because of a heart attack or any other heart disorder. We all can make a difference with a little awareness about prevention and tackling of heart attacks. The following can be a way out if you get a heart attack while driving:

Step 1: Do not panic, start coughing repeatedly and vigorously

Step 2: Take a deep breath before each cough. Cough should be deep and prolonged, same as producing sputum from deep inside the chest. The simple logic behind this is that deep breath gets oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. This squeezing pressure also helps the heart to regain its normal rhythm.

Step 3: Continue breath and cough until your heart beats normally. Keep this cycle on until help arrives.

Delay Can Be Deadly:

Remember a few seconds delay can be deadly. Your fast reflexes can save your or a friends precious life. Stay prepared. Stay safe.

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