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CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is pushing down on a person's chest and breathing into their mouth. It is used in emergencies when a person's heart stops beating or when a person stops breathing.
CPR works to move blood to the person's brain to help prevent brain damage. CPR can help keep a person alive until a health professional arrives.
The steps of CPR are C-A-B:
CPR can also be done with only compressions. This is sometimes called hands-only CPR.
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
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