Medical Minute 3-1: CPR Made Easier

By: Ramin Khalili Email
By: Ramin Khalili Email

Pastor Adrian Lynn was belting out tunes in church last August when it happened.

"And all of a sudden when he finished he went to put the mic on the stand, and he collapsed on the floor."

It was heart trouble. With help on the way, parishioners started CPR, coached by dispatchers over the phone.

"And along the way we were learning don't give him mouth to mouth, just give him the chest compression," said Pastor Terrell Matthews.

"If somebody gets compressions within the first minute they actually have survival rates in some studies as high as 80 percent," said Cameron Dezfulian, M.D., Critical Care Specialist at Miller School of Medicine.

"He said that probably saved my life."

Chest compression-only CPR requires no training: Just put your hands in the middle of the chest and push. Do it right, and you can supply up to 20 percent of a person's normal blood flow.

"You compress down two inches and fully release."

The ideal pace is 100 compressions per minute. Ironically, that's the exact same number of beats per minute of the famous Bee Gees tune: "Staying' Alive".

A new study shows folks who listened to that song performed CPR correctly, and remembered the technique five weeks later. Another study found heart attack survival improved to 22 percent when by-standers were coached to do compression CPR.

"They're all amazed. Everybody says that I'm a miracle."

Now fully healed, Pastor Lynn's ready to make a return to center stage.

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