Have you seen the post doing the rounds on social media claiming that coughing during a heart attack can help? It’s been doing the rounds for years, and has had more comebacks that Britney Spears.

The fact of the matter is it simply isn’t true – and sharing this post, or any other inaccurate medical information, could be putting people’s lives at risk.


Christopher Allen, a Senior Cardiac Nurse from the British Heart Foundation has appealed for the fake news to stop being shared. He says:

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.

The ‘cough CPR’ myth has been circulating the internet for a while now, 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. Read More

If you think you are having a heart attack, even if you are alone, the best thing you can do is to dial 999.

Sarah from our Training Team has a fab video on how to spot the signs of a heart attack and help someone – take a few minutes to watch it now to help determine fact from fiction.

The bottom line – coughing during a heart attack does not help! Another First Aid Myth Busted 

Richard Craddock

Richard is the Managing Director at SkillBase First Aid

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