A manoeuvre to be used by a person on himself after developing ventricular fibrillation, to maintain consciousness for up to 90 seconds and an arterial pulse by vigourous coughing in rapid sequence with a physiologic staccato rhythm
"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.
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).
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.