Thursday, February 21, 2013

A quick note about "Cough CPR"

Okay, here's the Facebook Meme that keeps making the rounds every year or so:

And here's the text that accompanies it:


Let's say it's 6:15pm 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 into your jaw. You are only about five miles (8kms) 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 that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.

Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. 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 hospital.

Rather than sharing jokes, please contribute by sharing this which can save a person's life!

Okay, please don't do this.  Don't spread this around.  Yes, there is such a thing, it's rarely used, rarely effective, and requires strict medical supervision, because whether or not this works depends up on the type of cardiac issues you're suffering.  You could actually damage yourself with this.  You could kill yourself.  Seriously.  If you fear you are suffering a heart attack, CALL 911 AND EAT 325 mg OF NON-ENTERIC-COATED ASPIRIN!  And CHEW that aspirin, don't just swallow it--chewing it gets it into your blood stream faster.

Here, read THIS


If you want to survive a heart attack, don't do what some misguided Facebook meme tells you.  Please.  Call 911, chew up 325 mg of Aspirin, and make sure you're in that ER as soon as humanly possible.  THAT'S what's going to save you.

Do not reprint without permission. © KAQ

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