Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when the heart unexpectedly stops beating, which cuts off blood flow to the brain and other organs. If not treated, it can cause death within minutes.
In fact, only about 10 percent of people overall who experience it outside a hospital survive with their brain functions intact, a new study in JAMA found.
But the way you perform CPR has changed in recent years. You no longer have to put your mouth on the victim’s.
Regular, non-medical folks who perform CPR on adult cardiac arrest victims are actually more successful if they don’t include mouth-to-mouth breaths, says Vinay Nadkarni, M.D., spokesperson for the American Heart Association (AHA).
People who perform compression-only CPR may initiate it more quickly, as well as deliver more chest compressions with fewer interruptions, according to an AHA report in Circulation.