What to do when you’re having a heart attack while alone

Eau Claire (WQOW)- A post explaining how to save yourself if you’re alone and have a heart attack, has been circulating Facebook, but is it true?

The post suggests when you start to feel faint, you only have 10 seconds before losing consciousness, but the post goes on to tell you to cough repeatedly while taking deep breaths before each cough to save yourself. 

News 18 sat down with Peggy Pendergast a CPR instructor who said the first thing you do shouldn’t be trying to cough, but to call 911. 

"The American Heart Association doesn’t endorse cough CPR simply because if you are experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, you may have moments before you actually go unresponsive," Pendergast said.  An unresponsive person can’t cough, so the first thing you want to do is call 911. Make that call and get at least the word out that you’re having trouble."

Pendergast said that way paramedics can head your way, and figure out your care when they get there. 

There is something proven to help. If you can, take a low dose of aspirin if you think you may be having a heart attack. 

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