7 Common Heart Disease Myths You Should STOP Believing
Myth #4: Coughing during a heart attack is life-saving
‘Cough CPR’ is a practice that increased in popularity surprisingly much recently. Not only is it not helpful, but focusing on this technique instead of getting (or offering) actual help can cost a person’s life.
The ‘cough CPR’ technique suggests that if you’re experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, coughing vigorously might stop the event and save your life.
As much as we’d like this theory to be true, it has never been medically approved and it’s most likely not working. There’s just no medical connection between coughing and the artery blockage which causes heart attacks.
If you’re having a cardiac arrest, for instance, you will most likely become unconscious fairly quickly; even if you stay conscious for longer (and therefore not in cardiac arrest yet), you still need immediate medical assistance.