New American Heart
Association CPR Guidelines
More than 300,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest every year and the
use of CPR can double the chances that a person will survive. New
guidelines suggest it is better to “push hard and push fast” next time
you give CPR. The American Heart Association now urges people to give 30
compressions instead of 15 for every two breaths.
According to Dr. Michael Sayre, an Ohio State University emergency
medicine professor who helped develop the new guidelines “Basically, the
more times someone pushes on the chest, the better off the patient is."
The guidelines are for all ages and “’the guidelines recommend that
rescuers minimize interruptions to chest compressions and suggest that
rescuers” not stop until the emergency medical services arrive. It
is important is to keep the blood flowing.
Earlier rules recommended that the untrained rescuers stop pushing the
chest and check for signs of circulation. It appears this is not as
important now, but action must be taken immediately. The
guidelines also recommend that 911 operators give instructions over the
phone until the emergency medical services arrive.
Sudden cardiac arrest can occur because of electrocution or drowning.
The more common reason is from a abnormal heart rhythm. The person
experiencing the cardiac arrest collapses becomes unresponsive to gentle
shaking and stops normal breathing.
If you experience heart palpitations you may want to consider
eliminating caffeine from your diet and increasing your magnesium
intake. You can take supplements or eat more sweet potatoes. There are
reports that magnesium has helped people with this problem.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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