it is URBAN LEGEND and it may even HURT YOU or KILL YOU. Or the person you pass this on to.

The email goes like this:


Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack, this article seemed in order. Without help the person whose heart stops beating properly and who begins to feel Faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. (read more here)

Read the explanation further: The e-mailed advice about coughing during a heart attack leaves the impression the “cough CPR” technique is endorsed by Rochester General Hospital and Mended Hearts. Rochester General had nothing to do with any of this — how its name came to be attached to this message is a mystery. See their denial of having endorsed this e-mail.

All one needs to do is enter any phrase of 5 to 6 words from that email, in quotations, in Google. The Urban Legends page is the first link I got from entering “by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously”.

So. Like I said before and will say again. Verify before forwarding, and GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND. Say it again. GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND.

I know you mean well, but —

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2 thoughts on “I know you mean well, but —

  1. i’ve gotten this so many times via forwarded email. thanks for helping establish that this is false info!

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