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Hoax – Cough CPR

We thought you would be interested in an email that we received. We have published it below. As is our custom with the “Union of Americans” and “Patriots Journal” all material is checked as to its authenticity and whether or not it is a hoax. The email below has been checked with Snopes, Fact or Fiction and Urban Legends. All listed it as a hoax. 

One of the reasons that we are sharing this forwarded email with you is to remind you of the importance of verifying the authenticity of “forwards” before passing them on. Two of our Staff Members have suffered from TIA’s and as a result try to educate people as to ways they can possibly prevent them. We were alarmed when we read this and realized that many people would just assume that this was accurate medical advice and might attempt it instead of calling 911 in a true medical emergency.

The hoax email below ends with “Be a friend and please send this article to as many friends as possible.” We say “Be a friend and do not send forwarded emails to your friends that you have not verified if they are true or a hoax.” Remember forwarding a hoax like the one below could actually cost someone their life. ~ Editor 

Subject: IMPORTANT  read this! Cough CPR

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. 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!!

Read this… It could save your life!! Let’s say it’s 6.15 pm and you’re driving home (alone of course), after an unusually hard day on the job. You’re really tired, upset and frustrated. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.


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