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Can CPR on a man with a diseased heart actually kill him?

Can CPR on a man with a diseased heart actually KILL HIM rather than resuscitate him? One of my relatives doctors told him that if his heart stopped and they performed CPR on him, it would probably kill him! I never heard of anything like this? Is this true? EMT or other experience will help, thank you!
Fri, 16 Sep 2011
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CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSTICATION RARELY CAUSES ANY TRAUMA OTHERWISE IT WOULD HAVE NOT BE INCLUDED IN MEDICAL EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS,UNLESS IT IS PERFORMED BY UNEXPIRENCE HAND,OR THE PERSON RECIEVING IT HAS SEVER OESTEOPOROSIS OF RIBS.

FREE VOLUANTAIRY TRAINIG CAN BE OBTAINED FROM BODIES LIKE ST.JOHNS AMBULANCE.
EVERY PERSON IN SOCIETY MUST GET ADEQUATE KNOWLEDGE OF FIRST AID,THIS CAN SAVE MANY LIVES.
REMEMBER CPR IS ONLY A SUPPORTIVE MEASURE AND SHOULD NOT BE AUGUMENTED AS MAIN LINE EMERGENCY,...

CPR MUST BE DONE HOWHEVER WITH TRAINED HAND IF HEART STOPS PUMPING ,AND IT IS A PRIME TOOL FOR PROLONGING CHANCES OF SURVIVAL,DONT LISTEN TO MYTHS.
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I have never heard of that. I have heard of someone with severe heart disease knowing if he coded in the ICU we might not be able to save him regardless of CPR and chemical intervention....but only because his heart was so weakened by illness...
Dentist Dr. Akash Prasad's  Response
Its a myth. CPR can be administered to a person who is unconcious. First the Airway is cleared, breathing i.e mouth to mouth respiration is performed and chest compressions are made. There is no literature data that can prove that a CPR on a diseased heart can actually Kill someone.
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