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Immediate, lifesaving CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is necessary if someone collapses in cardiac arrest. In an emergency, anyone can perform CPR if properly trained.
At Dignity Health Southern California, our caring doctors are experts in all aspects of heart care, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, in Long Beach, Northridge, Downtown LA, Glendale, and San Bernardino. Use our online Find a Doctor tool to learn more about our state-of-the-art facilities, coordinated health care teams, and expansive cardiovascular services.
If you have to perform CPR, it is normal to feel nervous. You can opt for hands-only CPR without rescue breathing if that is more comfortable for you.
The basic steps of hands-only adult and teen CPR are:
For infants, generally younger than one year of age:
After you have performed CPR, you may feel overwhelmed. All of these emotional and physical reactions are common:
If you have received CPR, you may also feel strong emotions, including guilt, remorse, or sorrow. You may also feel sore physically. Any physical discomfort should pass quickly.
If you are struggling with feelings about giving or receiving CPR, your doctor can offer effective resources, such as talk therapy, to help you feel better.
CPR can save someone’s life. Talk to a doctor at Dignity Health Southern California to learn more about CPR or where you can receive training.
Dignity Health doctors and staff offer expertise in all matters of the heart, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in Southern California.