CPR made simple
THE AMERICAN Heart Association has simplified cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
guidelines, calling for a hands-only approach
with the goal of saving more lives.
The previous guidelines called for a combination of mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation and chest
compressions, but many
failed to take action
because they feared doing
those procedures in the
wrong order or for the wrong duration, or
feared the mouth-to-mouth contact.
Only about 25 percent of Americans who
experience cardiac arrest receive CPR, but it
does make a huge difference. Quickly getting
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CPR doubles or triples survival chances.
The new hands-only approach is aimed
at bystanders who witness a sudden cardiac
arrest. If you see an adult suddenly drop over,
be quick to do the following:
1. Have someone call 911 immediately, or
do it yourself.
2. With the patient flat on his or her back,
place the heel of one hand on the center of the
chest and the other hand on top of the first.
Lock your elbows and perform fast, forceful
chest compressions at a rate of 100 per minute, lifting your hands slightly after each push
to allow the chest to recoil. Take turns with a
partner if one is available, and continue until
3. If an automated external defibrillator
is available, attach it to the patient and follow
the voice prompts. Other wise, keep compressing the chest.
A child who collapses is more likely to
have breathing problems, so mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation should still be used with
It may be a
HERE ARE some signs
to look for if you think
you’re having a heart
Discomfort in the
center of the chest—uncomforable pressure,
squeezing, fullness or pain—that lasts more
than a few minutes, or that goes away and
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms,
the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
Shortness of breath, with or without
Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or
The American Heart Association has
more information about heart attack symptoms and warning signs at www.american
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