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CPR during cardiac arrest: someone’s life is in your hands

Posted July 23, 2015, 4:30 pm Daniel Pendick, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch Cardiac arrest is the ultimate 911 emergency. The heart stops sending blood to the body and brain, either because it is beating too fast and too erratically, or because it has stopped beating altogether. Oxygen-starved brain cells start to die. Death occurs in minutes unless a bystander takes matters into his or her hands and starts cardiopulmonary…

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