"The American Heart Association (AHA) does not support 'cough CPR
' because coughing does not effectively aid in increasing blood and oxygen circulation, which is the main goal of CPR," says cardiologist Pritha P.
The 'cough CPR' myth has been circulating the internet for a while now, especially on Facebook.
There's no medical evidence to support cough CPR, which suggests you can h elp yourself by coughing vigorously if you think you're having a heart attack.
A This so-called "cough CPR" has been widely publicized on the Internet and through e-mail ever since a group of researchers reported in 2003 that forceful coughing could help save lives of people suffering a cardiac arrest, caused by a rapid, irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia).
Generally, cough CPR is appropriate only in this setting and remains unproven elsewhere, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).
Teaching patients who are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death to recognize the prodromal symptoms and employ cough CPR is simple and inexpensive.
The reason they're not is that very few physicians are familiar with cough CPR because the principal supporting animal and human research was published back in the 1960s and 1970s, according to Dr.
Antonio Martinez-Rubio said that cough CPR is an interesting concept, and he could readily see how the technique might abort cases of supraventricular tachyarrhythmia.
Cough CPR is a procedure that requires further study before being advocated in patients who might be at risk for ventricular fibrillation, since there is no way to know how many of the "prodromal" episodes in this study truly heralded an impending life-threatening event, according to Dr.
He presented a proof-of-principle study in which he trained 115 patients to recognize the prodrome of sudden circulator arrest and initiate self-resuscitative cough CPR
. All were at risk due to various forms of heart disease and a history of prior events.
There's no medical evidence to support "cough CPR", which suggests you can help yourself by coughing vigorously if you think you're having a heart attack and are alone.
If you are still conscious (and you would have to be to do "cough CPR"), then you are not in cardiac arrest.