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Is there a different way to start the heart if it suddenly stops without using a defibrillator?
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Dr. Nassir Azimi
Clinical Lipidology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Occassionally a precordial thump i.
E a punch in the left chest can do the job. However, often a defibrillator is needed.

In brief: Yes
Occassionally a precordial thump i.
E a punch in the left chest can do the job. However, often a defibrillator is needed.
Dr. Nassir Azimi
Dr. Nassir Azimi
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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: CPR
CPR is less effective, but better than nothing.
Recent studies show the use of bystander CPR alone without giving breaths is as effective or perhaps more effective than wasting time giving breaths. Of course if the patient has something obstructing their airway, it has to be removed (heimlich maneuver).

In brief: CPR
CPR is less effective, but better than nothing.
Recent studies show the use of bystander CPR alone without giving breaths is as effective or perhaps more effective than wasting time giving breaths. Of course if the patient has something obstructing their airway, it has to be removed (heimlich maneuver).
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
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