The sad story of friends, relatives, colleagues and loved ones slumping and dying afterwards continue to hit our hearts daily.

Most deaths of such nature have been linked to heart attack. 

When it occurs majority of people around the individual look on helplessly, knowing next to nothing about what to do. 

Many could have survived if they got help immediately.

Legendary Reggae musician, Ras Kimono, died recently and he was said to have slumped at the airport with several of his band members accompanying him.

Health experts have identified lifestyle and a few other conditions as the causes of heart attack.

When an individual slumps, people often talk about a push in the chest, but not very many have been able to save a dying person with this push. 

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A public health specialist, with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Eze Ugochukwu, says Basic Life Support (BLS) training is needed. 

"The challenge with this (resuscitating a slumped person) is that people generally need a training in Basic Life Support (BLS) before they can help anyone.

"Anybody without such a training cannot help anything," he said.



People have tried to give the push in the chest but the individual ended up dying even after that and the doctor says "anybody without such a training cannot know how best to give the push.

"It requires training, not just any push.

"It is not just about doing that saves life. It is doing it effectively.

"Abroad, people are offered that training generously".

One thing that most experts recommend is that you take the person to the nearest medical facility or call a doctor.

There is, however, no guarantee that the individual could apply the doctor's Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) instructions properly and this is because of another reason - Panic

It has contributed to why some persons who had heart attack died.

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If you haven't received BLS or CPR training, and may want to try to resuscitate a collapsed individual, experts recommend performing only chest compression (about 100 to 120 compressions a minute).

Ensure the counting is done while you push, just in case you want to try. 

Giving the effective push could increases the chances of the slumped individual surviving. 

Proper instructions and application of procedures could help keep the person alive until help comes. 

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