This week’s blog is a bit of a departure from our normal topic, yet it seemed like important information to share.

Do you know what to do if you are alone and are experiencing heart attack symptoms — your heart is beating improperly or you begin to feel faint? If you are truly experiencing a heart attack, you may have only 10 seconds before you lose consciousness.

Thanks to Rolly Kleeman for sharing these tips at a recent Western Douglas County Rotary meeting:

  • Take a deep breath that moves air into your lungs. This action gets oxygen into your body, which your heart and the rest of your body needs.
  • Quickly follow the deep breath with deep coughing, the kind you would do when you are trying to remove sputum from your lungs. The deep coughing will actually squeeze your heart and help it get back into its normal rhythm.
  • Keep up this two-step process about every two seconds until help arrives or until your heart is beating normally.
  • Get medical attention.

The most important step, of course, is to obtain medical attention. Just because you are feeling better does not mean you should ignore the symptoms. See your doctor!



Judith Ackland has more than 26 years of experience in accountancy and financial planning, including seventeen years as a CFO of a diverse business. She started Crystal Financial in 2010 to help a wide array of individuals, families, and business owners better understand their finances and how good financial management could help them achieve their goals. Judith has an MA in Professional Accountancy from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as well as a Certified Public Accountant Certificate and a Certified Financial Planner designation.

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