American Heart Association

CPR through history


Attempts to resuscitate patients have changed dramatically throughout history with each version developed in hope of saving lives.

Today, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, also known by the acronym CPR, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival — if it is given immediately.

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Potential Memorial Day tragedy avoided thanks to family, friends who knew CPR

Tim Weaver was cleaning a boat engine one minute and frantically gasping “Help” the next.

His son-in-law David Andrew was ordering pizza one minute and dialing 9-1-1 the next.

Family and friends around them were wrapping up their Memorial Day weekend on the beach one minute and pulling together to try […]