The word CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation. This technique can be used to restore the breathing and blood circulation of a person whose heart and breathing have stopped. Performing immediate CPR can increase the chances of living by 5% to 70%.
CPR makes heart to pumping blood to the vital organs. When the heart stops pumping blood normally, then it begins to fill with blood, enlarging the vital organ and making it hard. In this case, the heart becomes less likely to receive defibrillation to restart the heart. When the heart is restarted after a cardiac arrest, recovery is not immediate, but admission in hospital is always required for further treatment and investigation. The AHA guidelines say that if CPR done within 5 minutes of person's collapse can increase the survival rate.
The American Heart Association, schools and community centres all offer CPR training. Care for patients is a combination of high tech and high touch and the American Heart Association is working hard to get the touch back into the equation.