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New CPR procedure established

Posted On Wed, October 20, 2010

The American Heart Association has unveiled new recommendations for administering CPR. After years of recommending people follow the acronym A-B-C, or airway-breathing-compressions, it is now being advised that chest compressions be used first.

American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee guideline and co-author Dr. Michael Sayre says the new guidelines mark a shift from the recommendations that have been used for more than 40 years.

"This approach was causing significant delays in starting chest compressions, which are essential for keeping oxygen-rich blood circulating through the body," says Sayre. "Changing the sequence from A-B-C to C-A-B for adults and children allows all rescuers to begin chest compressions right away."

Furthermore, the AHA is recommending that CPR chest compressions only be used by untrained professionals and be given at a rate of 100 times per minute.

The Mayo Clinic says some risks factors for cardiac arrest include smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Such ailments can also result in higher life insurance premiums. Abstaining from smoking, junk food and excessive alcohol consumption can help lower a person's chances of developing such conditions.

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