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By Tamer M. Fouad, M.D. - June 21, 2009
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Topic: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - by Tamer M. Fouad, M.D.
CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an emergency first aid procedure used to help a person who has lost their pulse and their ability to breathe normally, a condition known as cardiac arrest. Cardiac arrest is a condition nearly everyone experiences in the last few minutes of life, and refers to a period in which the heart muscle, although failing, still has some residual life in it and may sometimes be brought back to normal functioning by emergency techniques. CPR is appropriate for otherwise healthy persons experiencing sudden cardiac death, due perhaps to massive heart attacks or heart rhythm disturbances, and can keep the victims alive until emergency personnel arrive. It is also used effectively for victims of drowning, electrocution or choking, or those suffering from drug or other substance overdoses. CPR is commonly taught to ordinary people who may be the only persons present in the crucial few minutes before emergency personnel are available.
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