UNDATED (AP) -- There's new research on the life-saving practice of C-P-R that says chest compression seems to be the real key to helping someone recover from a heart attack.
A study in Japan shows that recovery without brain damage is more likely if rescuers focus on chest compressions. Some experts even recommend eliminating mouth-to-mouth altogether. The study is in the medical journal The Lancet.
The American Heart Association had previously revised C-P-R guidelines to emphasize chest presses, urging 30 instead of 15 for every two breaths given. The theory is that the more important task is keeping blood moving to provide oxygen and nourishment to the brain and heart by chest compression.
And there could be another advantage -- bystanders might be more willing to provide C-P-R in the first place since many are unwilling to do the mouth-to-mouth part.