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All of a sudden 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 neglected to tell you how to perform it on yourself.







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Many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, what can you do?

Without help a person whose heart stops beating properly begins to feel faint and has about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously.


This information is very contraversal and should be takin with a grain of salt
The medical journal were I read this infomation is now saying they didn't print it

Use your own judgement when the time comes.


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 phone and, between breaths, call for help.

You'll be giving yourself CPR with this technique.

Tell as many other people as possible about this, it could save their life!


The above was taken from Health Cares, Rochester General Hospital
via Chapter 240's newsletter
(reprint from The Mended Hearts, Inc. publication, Heart Response)
(This article has since been retracted)



Comments: This message gives the impression that the technique described has the endorsement of Rochester General Hospital and Mended Hearts, a heart attack victims' support group. Although the text was published in a Mended Hearts newsletter, the organization has since retracted it. Rochester General had no part in the creation or dissemination of the message.
According to the best information I can find, "cough CPR" (also referred to in Internet rumors as "self-CPR") is a real procedure occasionally used in emergency situations under professional supervision. But it is not taught in standard CPR courses, nor is it typically recommended as a "life-saving" measure for people who experience a heart attack when alone.
One doctor that was contacted a heart specialist had never even heard of it.
Other doctors are familiar with the procedure but say it can only be effective in very specific instances. Dr. Stephen Bohan of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston explained in the Washington Post (Feb. 15, 2000) that in certain instances where a patient has abnormal heart rhythms, coughing can help restore them to normal. But most heart attacks, he said, are not of this type. Bohan told the Post the best thing a heart attack victim can do is take an aspirin (which helps dissolve blood clots) and call 911.


My two cents:
Mended Hearts newsletter said it is not recommended without supervision.
If I had medical supervision, I don't think they would need my help!

Don't you think it would be a good idea to give cough CPR a try if you find yourself in the woods or out in a boat fishing and all alone?

I know I would give it a try!


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