Applying chest pumps alone can save heart attack victims

  • ANI, London
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  • Updated: Dec 13, 2012 23:24 IST

The best to way to resuscitate a cardiac arrest victim is to apply chest compressions, say Japanese researchers.

They noted that mouth-to-mouth is often ineffective if performed by an untrained member of the public. It also gets in the way of the crucial chest compression’s need to keep the victim’s heart beating.

They said chest compressions alone could save more lives — and reduce the risk of brain damage, the Daily Mail reported.

They found that CPR recipients were actually more likely to survive with good brain function if they received hands-only or compression-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) compared with traditional CPR with chest compressions and rescue breathing.

The latest findings suggest hands-only CPR is more effective than traditional CPR in emergency situations.


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