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HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE – Facebook Hoax

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News and information flowing through Facebook are barely credible. Most of the information flowing in Facebook in nothing but utter bullshit. Though most of this messages sounds legit and useful but in face they are just hoax or myths with no logical connection to truth.

So as usual there is new message floating around Facebook named “HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE” the full message is ;

 

HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE
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.
Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!
A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we’ll save at least one life.
Rather sending jokes pls contribute by forwarding this info
which can save a person’s life…

The message seems pleasing and legit. But when I noticed “forward this message” it was clear it is a chain message and certainly a bullshit. From a bried internet search I confirmed it was indeed a bullshit that has been shitting the internet since 1999 but via chain emails and its modern incarnation is Facebook shares.

The problem with cardiac arrests or heart attack is event patient is unaware when they get these attack.
Resuscitation Council in the UK “knows of no evidence that, even if a lone patient knew that cardiac arrest had occurred, he or she would be able to maintain sufficient circulation to allow activity, let alone driving to the hospital”.

A victim would probably be better off directing his or her energy towards other life saving options such as seeking immediate help or calling the emergency number. The American Heart Association article also states:

The best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling the emergency number in your country. If you’re driving alone and you start having severe chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (the scenario presented in the Internet article), pull over and flag down another motorist for help or phone the emergency number in your country on a cellular telephone.

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.

It even has a Wikipedia article here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cough_CPR

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