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Why should I know cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)?

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Cardiac arrest, which often leads to a heart attack, is frighteningly common. The American Red Cross says every minute of every day, there’s another victim. Almost 80% of cardiac arrests happen at home and are witnessed by a family member. Make sure you're prepared -- take a CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class and get trained to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED. It could mean the difference between life and death.

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."




Circulation

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 04, 2018

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