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Heart Attack Information, sort of…


This evening someone sent me the old Internet saw about coughing to give yourself CPR if you find yourself having a heart attack while alone.  (It doesn’t work, and wastes time that could be spent far more profitably attempting to get help.)   Anyway, back in the long-ago before cell phones I used to teach tactical driving at the Criminal Justice Institute here, and the meme reminded me of something we used to teach that could be helpful in some situations.

Q.  What do you do if you’re driving and think you’re having a heart attack?

No, you don’t drive yourself to the hospital unless you’re right in front of one.  The last thing you need is an accident to add to your troubles, and there’s an excellent chance that would be the result.  Here’s what you do.

  1. Turn on your emergency flashers.
  2. Pull over to the side of the highway, with your wheels barely off the pavement.
  3. Open whichever door is closest to the traffic, right out into the traffic lane.
  4. Lie down across the seat, and then use your cell phone to call 9-1-1, if you are able to.

This guarantees that you will get a lot of attention from other drivers, who will likely see you lying across the seat and know you need help.  Even if they don’t see you, they’re sure to call the local gendarmes to tell them that some idiot has his door open right out into the road — or that they just hit it.

It may sound extreme, but in emergencies you have to do what you have to do, and it will work.

Heart bypass surgery vs. angioplasty depends on age, diabetes status


Stanford study: Heart bypass surgery vs. angioplasty depends on age, diabetes status – SiliconValley.com

What type of lifesaving heart operation you should undergo — bypass surgery or angioplasty — largely depends on your age and whether you have diabetes, according to the largest-ever assessment of the two rival procedures.

Global study suggests Western diet to blame for 35% of heart attacks


After adjusting for known risk factors, the researchers found:

    * People who consumed the “prudent” diet of more fruits and vegetables had a 30 per cent lower risk of heart attack compared with people who ate few or no fruits and vegetables.

    * People who consumed the “Western” diet had a 35 per cent greater risk of having a heart attack compared with people who consumed few fried foods and little meat.

    * The “Oriental” diet, which is loaded with tofu but also high in salty soy sauce, showed no relationship with heart attack risk.


Western diet to blame for 35% of heart attacks, global study suggests