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Dr. Kennedy Cardiopulmonary resuscitation involves emergency substitution of heart and lung action to restore life to someone who appears dead. There are two components of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): chest compression to make the heart pump and mouth-to-mouth ventilation to breathe for the victim. In the event of an early heart attack, death can often be avoided if a bystander starts CPR promptly (within 5 minutes of the onset of ventricular fibrillation). When paramedics arrive, medications and/or electrical shock (cardioversion) of the heart can be administered to convert ventricular fibrillation to a normal heart rhythm. Therefore, prompt CPR and rapid paramedic response can improve the chances of survival from a heart attack or heart stoppage from many other causes including blunt trauma.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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