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    Is it true that coughing can stop a heart attack?

    I recently heard that if someone is having a minor heart attack that coughing can halt the progression of the attack. This sounds like a myth to me but I would be interested in finding out if this is true or not.
  • Assoc Prof John Amerena

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)



    Assoc. Prof. John Amerena trained in Melbourne before spending four years in the United States at the University of Michigan. Over that period of time ... View Profile

    It is not true that coughing can stop a heart attack.
    If people are having a heart attack from the heart beating abnormally fast, coughing can help the blood flow around the system. Coughing does not have an impact on causing or treating a heart attack itself.

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