Should You Do Cough CPR?


Besides the commonly known hands-only CPR and mouth-to-mouth CPR, there is a coughing technique called cough CPR. Let’s learn more about it.

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What is cough CPR?

Cough CPR is a resuscitation technique which is used when a person is suffering of cardiac circulation. This consists of prolonged coughing and deep breathing every 2 seconds, which forces the heart to pump blood.  It can be also called as a self defense mechanism in the case of cardiac failure, as this resuscitation technique is put into act by your own self than a third person.

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When can it be used?

This can be used in cardiac arrhythmia and when cardiac function is deprived, only if the person is conscious. At this time a person can cough forcefully and repetitively supplying the brain with enough blood, so that he can be conscious until he seek for help or get the treatment.

Another necessary thing to keep in mind is that, cough CPR should only be done if a person is about to lose consciousness due to cardiac arrest. It is very dangerous for a person who is having a heart attack without a cardiac arrest to use this technique. It may lead to further cardiac damage and even will worsen the situation.

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How does it act?

Blood flow is forcefully maintained by the pressure in the thoracic cavity, which occurs whenever the person cough. This intra-thoracic pressure acts as an indirect cardiac massage, which helps and stimulates the cardiac function. Due to the mechanism of action of the cough in an emergency, it is called as “cough CPR”.

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Why The American Heart Association or American Red Cross does not endorse the cough CPR?

According to their guidelines they do not endorse this method of resuscitation, because it is not useful for patients who are not responsive and also because it is not useful in the prehospital setting. Further, it can have a very negative effect if it is being used at the wrong time.

They prefer calling 911 in case of an emergency. These associations also believe that aspirin could do better, help to the patients with cardiac arrest than cough CPR.

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