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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Having automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and coaches trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at organized sporting events for children can save lives, researchers report in The Journal of Pediatrics. In the paper, Dr. Neal J.
Conventional medical wisdom has held that pounding a heart attack victim's chest with your fist -- called a precordial thump -- might restore normal heart function, but new research appears to rule it out as an optimal solution.
The precordial thump is an application of mechanical energy through a calculated strike to the torso when in a specific fatal heart rhythm. This procedure is used in very specific circumstances by highly trained health professionals with ACLS certifications. The Procedure While in the presence of a patient that is suffering a potentially fatal heart rhythm, a medical provider can strike a calculated point on the sternum to disrupt that rhythm. The energy transferred by the provider is...