New CPR guidelines: Simplicity to the rescue

Rapid chest compressions keep blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs, so push hard and push often.

For decades, the American Heart Association and other groups have promoted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as a way to save a life, even without a medical degree. Countless classes, books, and certifications are available. Hollywood has done its part, searing an unrealistic version of CPR into our imaginations with portrayals of heroic, lifesaving rescues.

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