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What You Need To Know Before Making a Decision
The decision about whether you want CPR or not is an important one and should be made after speaking with your loved ones and your doctor. This information is meant to help you make an informed decision.
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a medical intervention performed on someone whose heart has stopped beating—cardiac arrest—or who has stopped breathing—respiratory arrest. CPR includes:
It can also include:
Yes and no. CPR works best if:
However, CPR is not successful as often as most people think, especially when someone is sick or elderly.
If CPR is initiated within:
There are times in which CPR is not likely to work and increases a person’s suffering. These include:
If CPR does manage to get your heart and lungs to work again, there are usually side effects:
If you have any further questions or concerns, please speak with your provider.