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Coughing up life

September 3, 2003

Albany - Could coughing save your life if you have a heart attack? A Polish researcher says yes. The doctor says people suffering from heart attacks should cough vigorously until an ambulance arrives. Coughing forces blood to the brain while the heart is failing.

Albany Cardiologist Dr. Robert Glover says coughing may buy time for victims to call for help, but won't keep you alive for long. "If you suffer a heart attack you should call 911 immediately. The coughing will only help for a few seconds or a few minutes," said Dr. Glover.

The Polish Researcher says coughing and CPR can keep your heart going for about ten minutes. But electric shock to the heart, known as defibrillation, is the only real life-saving treatment.

Posted at 6:25PM by kathryn.murchison@walb.com