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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 their 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:
WebMD Health News: "New CPR Guidelines: Chest Compressions First."

American Heart Association, Circulation, 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?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2020

SOURCES:
WebMD Health News: "New CPR Guidelines: Chest Compressions First."

American Heart Association, Circulation, 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?"

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 29, 2020

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