The American Heart Association changed its guidelines for CPR chest presses in two

thousand five. It said people should increase the number of chest presses from fifteen

to thirty for every two breaths given.

Gordon Ewy is a heart doctor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.

He wrote a report that appeared with the study. Doctor Ewy thinks the CPR guidelines

should be changed again. He said the heart association should remove rescue breaths

from the guidelines.

He argues that more witnesses to cardiac arrests would provide treatment if rescue

breaths are not a part of CPR. He says this would save lives. Studies show that many

people do not want to perform mouth-to-mouth breathing on a stranger for fear of

getting a disease.

Cardiac arrest kills more than three hundred thousand people in the United States

every year. The American Heart Association says about ninety-five percent of victims

die before they get to a medical center.

And that's the VOA Special English Health Report, written by Caty Weaver. I’m Bob Doughty.