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How long can your heart be stopped before cpr will no longer be successful?

How long can your heart be stopped before cpr will no longer be successful?

No Absolute Time Cap: As in respiratory failure, CPR results depend upon the condition of the patient, the cause of the problem, "time down", the end organ damage & the effectiveness & conditions of the resuscitation. Full recovery may be possible after minutes to hours of cpr. But, as a rule, after cardiac arrest, outcomes are not good, unless effective resuscitation is accomplished rapidly ... Within minutes.Mfm. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Definition)

Broadly speaking, cardioplumonary resuscitation (cpr), is the act of compressing the heart in an effort to create blood flow. This is typically performed as "external" or "closed chest" cpr, as taught by the america heart association. When performed with assisted ventilation, it is possible to deliver enough oxygen to the heart for it to regain its ability to ...Read more


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For what length of time can your heart be stopped before you can successfully perform cpr?

For what length of time can your heart be stopped before you can successfully perform cpr?

Depend: Depend in few factors. Like age, co-morbidities( prior medical condition affecting cardiopulmonary reserve), lifestyle( obesity, smoking, too much alcohol, nutrition status), the situation ( increase survival in cold water drowning). There was a case of a 54 y/o with cardiac arrest for 90 min who survive. Dr roger d white directed the cpr. But, early the better. CPR is a very good skill to have. ...Read more

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Can cpr restart a stopped heart?

Can cpr restart a stopped heart?

Absolutely: CPR is pushing on the chest to "pump" for the heart when the heart stops. When done early and effectively, it can definitely restart the heart. I would encourage you to learn CPR and basic life support. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the best angle for bloodflow to the heart, named something by medical professionals (during cpr)?

Please help! what is the best angle for bloodflow to the heart, named something by medical professionals (during cpr)?

Sounds like a quiz: Sounds like you're trying to answer a quiz question. CPR is done in with the patient in the supine position. However, I think you may be asking how do you improve blood flow to the brain, if that's the case, and someone has a low blood pressure, you may be thinking of the Trendelenburg position, where the head is positioned at the lowest point. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you survive with cpr and then hours later die of heart failure?

Can you survive with cpr and then hours later die of heart failure?

Absolutely: Not every one that survives after CPR recovers to live longer. In fact, well over half of people who are resuscitated with CPR ultimately die of heart failure or arrhythmias. ...Read more

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Cpr to neonate when heart rate below?

Cpr to neonate when heart rate below?

60: The neonatal resuscitation program taught in the us indicates that chest compressions should be started when the heart rate is less than 60 but this is after adequate ventilation has been tried. There are times at birth that the heart rate is less than 60 and after a few manual breaths (ppv) the heart rate comes up right away! one should not be too rigid about numbers as each case is different. ...Read more

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My cpr level is mildly elevated should I be worried about a heart attack?

My cpr level is mildly elevated  should I be worried about a heart attack?

CRP: High sensitivity c-reactive protein, a nonspecific market is systemic inflammation, is an independent predictor if adverse cardiovascular events. Not recommended for screening in general population. In patients with high risk factors, it may help prompt more aggressive treatment. Low levels may reclassify the same patient as a low risk. ...Read more

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Is a cpr-certified person required to perform cpr on a heart failure/car accident victim?

Not sure of question: Any first responder operating in good faith is likely protected by good samaritan clauses as long as care is transferred to formally trained individuals who arrive soon thereafter. If you are asking if an individual who is trained should perform CPR if first on seen, that's a moral question, not a legal one. One would hope that any help is better than none would be the deciding factor to help. ...Read more