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Does deep forced coughing during a heart attack prevent damage ?

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, these 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. (Thanks to the author who put this up in a forum
Tue, 16 Feb 2010
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I am a paramedic and have witnessed many heart attacks. I can't see this method being of much help.... firstly should the patient breathe and cough every 2 seconds they would cause themselves to hyperventilate, which will make them feel very lightheaded. Although you don't have to have any chest pain to be having a MI (heart attack) if they do then they are going to be in too much pain to breathe deeply!! Also the heart doesn't always change its rhythm during a MI, if it is a big MI and the rhythm does change then the only thing that is really going to change it back again is high flow oxygen 100%(humans only inhale 21% oxygen no matter how deep they breathe) and drug therapy from the ambulance crew!!
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