How To Respond To Cardiac Arrest

September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM EDT

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September 9, 2010 Updated Sep 9, 2010 at 6:49 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC) What should you do when someone goes into cardiac arrest? Right now, guidelines recommend immediate defibrillation.
That's giving an electric shock to the heart, but a new study found that chest compressions are just as effective, and even led to a better outcome when they were used before defibrillation.
The American Heart Association recommends that bystanders begin CPR using chest compressions until medical personnel arrive on the scene.

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