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Study Backs Simpler CPR for Patients

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People who suffered cardiac arrest and received chest compressions from bystanders had higher survival rates than those given standard resuscitation that included mouth-to-mouth breathing, a new study found.

About 300,000 people in the U.S. collapse each year from cardiac arrest, which can be brought on by a heart attack or other reasons, and fewer than one-third get CPR from bystanders, according to American Heart Association estimates. The breathing part of CPR is a big barrier for many people, the AHA says.

Growing evidence has suggested that skipping the mouth-to-mouth breathing in favor of rapid, chest-only compressions is as effective and easier for non-medical personnel to administer. The latest research, published in the Journal of American Medical Association, showed that chest-only compressions can be more effective than traditional CPR.

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