There is no medical evidence to support ‘cough CPR’, which suggests you can help yourself by coughing vigorously if you think you’re having a heart attack and are alone.
According to the British Heart Foundation, the ‘cough CPR’ myth has been circulating the internet, especially on social media sites such as Facebook.
If you come across it, please avoid spreading it any further and consider letting the person who posted it know that there’s no truth in it.
If you think you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, call emergency immediately.
They will send an ambulance to transport you to a hospital emergency room as quickly as possible so a doctor can examine and treat you.
While waiting for the ambulance, crush or chew a full-strength aspirin and swallow with a glass of water to prevent further blood clotting.
A network of blood vessels known as coronary arteries surround your heart muscle and supply it with blood that is rich in oxygen.
Your heart muscle needs this oxygen to function. A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery becomes suddenly blocked, stopping the flow of blood to the heart muscle and damaging it.