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Abstract - Cough CPR as the treatment for cardiac arrest: Myth or fact?
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Ivana P. Dewi, Irma Maghfirah, Louisa K.K. Wardhani, Fatimah Alzahra, Ni P.A. Laksmi


Heart attack or acute coronary syndrome is a serious heart disorder that occurs due to obstruction of blood flow to the heart muscle. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation is a first-aid measure for people who experience cardiac arrest and/or breathing. Some time ago, there was an article "How to survive a heart attack alone". It was stated that patients might be able to help themselves by coughing vigorously and repeatedly when having a heart attack. This technique is often called "cough cardio pulmonary resuscitation". The British Heart Foundation, the British Resuscitation Board, and the American Heart Association issued recommendations against the use of cough cardio pulmonary resuscitation for the heart attack conditions. There is the fact that an article about cough cardio pulmonary resuscitation may pose a severe risk to people with acute coronary syndrome because it can cause delays in contacting emergency services, thus causing worse conditions.

Key words: cough cardio pulmonary resuscitation, cardio-pulmonary resucitation, acute coronary syndrome, heart attack, emergency

Corresponding author: Ivana Purnama Dewi, MD. Address: Jl Mulyosari Utara no 28 Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia 60112. Tel.: +62 81 328 098 200. E-mail: dr_ivanapd@staff.ukdw.ac.id



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