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Bystander CPR, Defibrillation Cuts Long-Term Odds Of Brain Damage, Death

Bystander CPR, Defibrillation Cuts Long-Term Odds Of Brain Damage, Death

When a bystander gives CPR or applies an automatic defibrillator to someone who has collapsed from cardiac arrest, the benefits persist for at least a year. A Danish study has concluded that the two techniques lower the long-term risk of death from any cause, brain damage or nursing home admission by one third in people who are still alive 30 days after their cardiac arrest. Most previous studies have looked at whether people who get CPR or defibrillation manage to…

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What to Do If Someone Is Having a Heart Attack: Must-Know First Aid

What to Do If Someone Is Having a Heart Attack: Must-Know First Aid

If you think someone is having a heart attack, taking action immediately can save their life. Here, heart attack symptoms to look for and what to do next. by Reader’s Digest Editors A heart attack is caused by an obstruction of the blood supply to the heart muscle (usually by a clot in the coronary blood vessels). The outcome depends on how much of the muscle is affected and how quickly help can be given. If you think someone is…

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