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Dr. Kennedy Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency medical procedure for cardiac or repiratory arrest. CPR can be a life saving procedure and can be performed by anyone trained in the technique. For 50 years CPR consisted of the combination of chest compression and lung ventilation by mouth to mouth breathing assistance, of with the use of a mask and ventilation bag. In March 2008 the American Heart Association endorsed the effectiveness of chest compressions alone without artificial respiration for adult victims who collapse suddenly in cardiac arrest. CPR is generally continued, usually in the presence of advanced life support, until the patient regains a heart beat or is declared dead. CPR alone is unlikely to restart the heart, but rather its purpose is to maintain a flow of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart thereby delaying tissue death and extending the brief window of opportunity for a successful resuscitation without permanent brain damage. Defibrillation and advanced life support are usually needed to restart the heart.

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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