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What is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)?

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure to support and maintain breathing and circulation for a person who has stopped breathing (respiratory arrest) and/or whose heart has stopped (cardiac arrest).

CPR is performed to restore and maintain breathing and circulation and to provide oxygen and blood flow to the heart, brain, and other vital organs.


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CPR should be performed if a person is unconscious and not breathing.

Respiratory and cardiac arrest can be caused by

  • Allergic reactions
  • Ineffective heartbeat
  • Asphyxiation
  • Breathing passages that are blocked due to choking
  • Drowning
  • Drug reactions or overdoses
  • Electric shock
  • Exposure to cold, severe shock, or trauma

CPR can be performed by trained bystanders or healthcare professionals on infants, children, and adults.

Statistics show that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.