[ExI] heart attack while alone

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 17:20:52 UTC 2018

 cough CPR
should only be performed under strict professional supervision.

Hard to have that when you are alone.  Frankly if I thought I was having a
heart attack, had called, stopped in the road, whatever, I would do it just
in case.  Nobody said it was harmful, did they?  I would pray to every god
who ever was named, including Chango.  There is no superstition that I
would not try.  Including voodoo.  Let's see, just where did I put my
Voodoo Bible?

bill w

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 11:13 AM BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 31 Dec 2018 at 16:38, spike wrote:
> >
> > Your best safety device is a phone.
> > If you are driving, stop right in the middle of the lane.
> >
> That's right, Spike. Phone immediately for emergency assistance. You
> may only have seconds available before you lose consciousness.
> The cough-CPR email hoax has been going round since about 1999 and may
> kill you.
> Always check these 'advice' emails with Snopes or Hoax-slayer first.
> See:
> <https://www.hoax-slayer.net/survive-heart-attack-alone-hoax/>
> Quote:
> The message outlines a technique for surviving a heart attack while
> alone that involves vigorous coughing. According to the email, a
> cardiologist has advised forwarding the message to others in order to
> save lives. However, the alleged cardiologist is not named, nor is
> there any reference to a reputable medical institution. In my opinion,
> any life-critical “medical advice” that is not supported by credible
> reference material should be used with extreme caution.
> It should be noted that the cough procedure outlined in the email is
> not, in itself, a hoax and has been researched and tested by medical
> experts. In fact, so called “Cough CPR” might be beneficial under
> certain controlled circumstances. However, this does not mean that the
> advice in the email message is valid and useful. The most important
> factor to consider is that, according to medical experts, cough CPR
> should only be performed under strict professional supervision.
> Heart patient support organization Mended Hearts has also debunked the
> procedure:
> Despite a contagious rumor, coughing doesn’t prevent a heart attack.
> An e-mail that spread around the world like a contagious disease a few
> years ago claimed that anyone who feels heart attack symptoms while
> alone should cough “repeatedly and very vigorously, repeating a breath
> about every two seconds…until help arrives, or (a normal heartbeat
> returns).”
> Wrong, says the American Heart Association.
> “It’s right up there with voodoo as far as I’m concerned,” says Dr.
> Cary Fishbein, a cardiologist with the Dayton Heart Center.
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