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Another Deer season is upon us, and, once again we head back into the woods looking for that trophy Buck!

Whether it be a Doe, or even if we might be small game hunting or even just out doing some scouting, most all of us take for granted that we are ready to go Deer hunting and don't think too much about our health except to hope we don't get a Flu bug or bad cold that may interrupt our season. One thing we don't worry much about if all is our hearts. Then again,.....maybe we should stop and ponder some things.

As a Deer Hunter, ....I am also a 100% Service Connected Disabled Veteran. Next week I will be celebrating my 49th birthday (Thank God!) as I had a 4-Way bypass at the age of 32, and, a near fatal Heart Attack in February 2001, so, for me,......I have to think about my heart and can't help but doing so when I go out into my blind.

I remember my Cardiologist told me years ago, and his words stay with me like a subliminal mantra,.....that "It's not the Heart Attack that kills you,...it's the fatal heart rhythm that kills you".

Now, maybe most or all of you,.......my fellow brother and sister hunters may tell yourself that your heart is fine, or you are in pretty good shape. However, regardless of who you are, or age, weight, family history, or whether you are a smoker or not, the reality is that when we go outside into the cold, we all put a load on our hearts.

The cold weather causes our blood to thicken and our blood vessels tend to constrict. Not to mention we are usually all carrying some extra weight in equipment, weapons, extra clothes, and trudging through some heavy under-growth or some significant snow. It all puts an extra work-load on our thumping gizzards. Add to that,......most all of us have a nice fatty breakfast with all the fixins' or a nice thick bowl of chili and a nice big sandwich before the second half of our daily hunt. Such meals and the fat in them, can get into our blood stream for up to 6 hours after we eat. As I said, regardless of how good of shape we are in.

We should all ask ourselves what do we do if we suffer a Heart Attack? Most all of us are alone or quite aways from our hunting buddies, and many of us are quite a distance from the nearest hospital. Time is of the essence.

Just the other day, my Aunt that lives near Houghton Lake whom happens to be a retired R.N. after nearly 38 years as a Nurse with many disciplines whom also now works part time as a Hospice Nurse,.........sent me how to perform CPR on our selves. That's right.......How to perform CPR on ourselves!!!

Please read below the information she sent me. Who knows,.......it may save your life someday. Good luck, have a safe season, and Happy Hunting!

Jim McCann - The Sylvan Wizard

What are you to do if you have a heart attack
While you are alone.
If you've already received this,
It means people care about you.
The Johnson City Medical Center staff actually
Discovered this and did an in-depth study
On it in our ICU.
The two individuals that discovered this then did
An article on it, had it published and have had it incorporated into ACLS and CPR classes.
It is very true and has and does work.
It is called cough CPR.
A cardiologist says it's the truth
If everyone who gets this sends it to 10 people,
You can bet that we'll save at least one life.
It could save your life!

Let's say it's 6:15 p.m. And you're driving home
(alone of course), after an usually hard day on the job.
You're really 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.
What can you do?
You've been trained in CPR
But the guy that taught the course didn't tell
You what to do if it happened to yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed to be in order.
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 let up
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.
Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their lives!
From Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital via Chapter 240s newsletter 'AND THE BEAT GOES ON '
(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. Publication, Heart Response)

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