How to breathe when you’re burning up a firefighter
By BRIAN RICHARDSONThe firefighting equipment and the firefighting training they’ve received over the years are probably the best way to prepare for the work of a firefighter.
But in the case of a heart attack, it’s also important to know how to get through the day.
As the Associated Press reported this week, the American Heart Association has been recommending the following dosages of the oxygen tank: a couple of liters of air, three to five liters each of oxygen and water, and an oxygen mask.
The AP also reports that a couple dozen other health organizations have agreed to provide their recommendations.
But not everyone agrees.
“I don’t know that that’s what you need to do,” said Jeff Anderson, a former firefighter and now a medical doctor at Harvard Medical School.
The dosages listed in the AP report may not sound like much, but the guidelines are pretty broad.
“These dosages may not be enough for everyone,” said Michael C. D’Andrea, a cardiologist and professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.
“The fact that it’s all voluntary and based on voluntary, it seems like a very broad recommendation.”
For example, it is not recommended to use the oxygen tanks on a job site.
Anderson said it’s not advisable to use them while standing in front of a fire engine.
“There’s no evidence that a person could stand in front to do this for 30 minutes,” he said.
But if you need oxygen for a fire, Anderson suggested, you can get it at a local pharmacy.
And if you have a heart condition, Anderson said, “I would recommend doing it in a private setting.
I would suggest that you talk to your doctor about it.”
To be clear, Anderson is not recommending anyone get a heart transplant.
But he said it is best to start the day with a basic level of exercise, as well as doing the following basic steps to get yourself prepared for the next 48 hours: Eat healthy food.
Drink lots of water.
Drink a lot of fluids.
And take a daily breath test.
“You can tell if you’re going to have trouble breathing by how you’re breathing,” Anderson said.
For example: You may need to drink a glass of water before you go to bed.
Then you might want to start exercising.
And if you are exercising, make sure you’re drinking lots of fluids, too.
Anderson suggested doing the same exercise you would every day.
“If you’re not exercising, you’re probably not going to be able to do the same things,” he added.
And, as the AP reports, if you can’t do the things listed above, don’t give up.
“Do the same exercises that you do every day,” Anderson recommended.
“I’m a bit concerned about the recommendation to use oxygen tanks,” said Dr. Thomas C. Fiske, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“In the end, I’m not going be saying that you should be doing this,” he told the AP.
But he said “a lot of times, people get the impression that they’re going into a world where they don’t need to get oxygen, and that they should be getting oxygen.
So, for example, if your heart is at 60 percent, Fiskel recommended you drink about four glasses of water, four glasses with water, or one glass of milk. “
For example,” he noted, “the average person that is in a fire zone would need more oxygen than the average person in the U.S. would need.”
So, for example, if your heart is at 60 percent, Fiskel recommended you drink about four glasses of water, four glasses with water, or one glass of milk.
“Then drink two or three glasses of milk, and one of those three glasses with a little bit of milk,” he advised.
“In my view, it would be the opposite of what you want to do to get you through this whole day,” he concluded.
“The best advice that I can give to people is that they don.t need to be on a ventilator,” he continued.
“But if you do need to have oxygen, you have to be very careful about that.
I don’t think there’s any need to go in and have it delivered at a gas station.”
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