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Old 04-03-2011, 10:46 AM
 
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The man probably had heart and coronary artery disease and the adrenalin that was pumped into his blood by his adrenal glands in this emergency was more than his heart could handle. Every time there is an earthquake, someone dies of a heart attack from the same thing. What we call being "scared to death" is the result of this physiological phenomenon.

Very sad, especially for any children who lost both their parents at the same time.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:23 PM
 
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You are very correct, and not done properly, CPR can do more harm then good.
Pretty hard for improper CPR to do "more harm than good" since the alternative to "improper or NO CPR" is death.....hard to do more harm than that

More often than not, out of hospital CPR, even done correctly, has little benefit...survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrest are low to begin with and are slightly improved, but still poor even with CPR.

That being said, it should still be attempted whenever possible.
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