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This is largely an interesting fact that's turned into an urban myth. Coughing sharply and deeply can sometimes affect the vagus nerve, which helps moderate your heart beat. It's been said that a good one-time cough can regulate an out-of-step beat, often associated with or occurring just before a heart attack. However, it's not considered an effective method for stopping a heart attack. Check out to investigate this myth and others.

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Does hitting your chest during a heart attack help?

If someone believes they are having a heart attack they need to call 911 immediately. Taking a aspirin and sometimes coughing can help.

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How many heart attacks can a person have to have a fatal heart attack?

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I have the heart attack symptoms but no heart attack. What should I do?

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How do you survive a heart attack?

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Why hole in heart keep coughing?

When the heart is poor, the lungs are often also affected. If the lungs don't work as they should, liquid may seep into them. Coughing is how the body tries to get rid of the unwanted liquid in the lungs.

What should you do if you have a heart attack?

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Can coughing cause heart problems?

Coughing in and of itself does not cause a heart condition, but it may be a symptom of a heart condition. Lack of breath can sometimes be caused by a congestive heart, or other serious health problems. If you have a chronic, unexplained cough (e.g. not from a cold or choking) you should see your doctor.

Why does blood come out of your mouth when you die after having a heart attack?

Blood does not come out of your mouth if you die of heart attack. Hematemesis (blood from mouth) is mostly due to gastrointestinal pathology. Hemoptysis (coughing of blood from lungs/trachea) is due to pulmonary pathology.

Can people take part in sport after suffering from a heart attack and if so which sport is best suited?

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How serious is a heart attack?

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