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When should cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) be used, and how effective is it?

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CPR should be used when a person stops breathing and his heart has stopped beating. It keeps blood flowing to the brain and heart until a defibrillator or emergency team can get the heart beating normally. When started immediately after cardiac arrest, CPR can double or triple the victim's chance of survival.

SOURCES: American Heart Association, , Nov. 28, 2005; online edition. American Heart Association web site: "AED Programs Q&A" and "The Links in the Chain of Survival." eMedicine: "Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Treatment." About.com website: "How to Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)" and "What Is a Defibrillator?"
WebMD Health News: "New CPR Guidelines: Chest Compressions First."




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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

SOURCES: American Heart Association, , Nov. 28, 2005; online edition. American Heart Association web site: "AED Programs Q&A" and "The Links in the Chain of Survival." eMedicine: "Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Treatment." About.com website: "How to Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)" and "What Is a Defibrillator?"
WebMD Health News: "New CPR Guidelines: Chest Compressions First."




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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

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