The American Heart Association does not endorse “cough CPR,” a coughing procedure widely publicized on the Internet (see below) As noted in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, “cough CPR” is not useful for unresponsive victims and should not be taught to lay rescuers.
It should be noted that the cough procedure outlined in the email below is not in itself a hoax and has been researched and tested by Medical Experts. In fact, so called “Cough CPR” might be beneficial under certain controlled circumstances. However, this does not mean that the advice in the email message is valid and useful. The most important factor to consider is that, according to Medical Experts, cough CPR should only be performed under strict Professional supervision.
According to the American Heart Association, “the usefulness of ‘cough CPR’ is generally limited to monitored patients with a witnessed arrest in the Hospital setting”.
A victim would probably be better off directing his or her energy towards other life-saving options such as seeking immediate help or calling the emergency number.
The American Heart Association also states:
The best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling [the emergency number in your Country]. If you’re driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone [the emergency number in your Country] on a cellular telephone.
Please pause for 2 minutes and read this. It could save your life!!
- Let’s say it’s 7.25pm and you’re going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
- You’re really tired, upset and frustrated.
- Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.
- Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.
- You have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
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