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In television dramas, CPR is often successful. The nurse or doctor is able to resuscitate lifeless body within minutes, simply by pushing on their chest. Unfortunately, in the real world, less than 20 percent of people who receive CPR in a hospital actually survive.

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When Kylee Shea collapsed to the floor and stopped breathing in a Frisco middle school hallway in September of 2011, teachers rushed into action. The two teachers who revived Shea, who was 12 at the time and had no prior history of heart trouble, were trained in CPR and the use of the school's automatic external defibrillator (AED).  

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Dallas County emergency medical responders and hospitals have changed the way they handle heart attack patients and it’s saving lives.

New data has led to numerous improvements including a 50 percent drop (over two years) for the most serious type of heart attack - the sudden blockage of an artery.

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In this KERA Health Checkup, a refresher course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. Two years ago, guidelines for the procedure changed to put emphasis on chest compressions. Doreen Riccelli of Lake Pointe Medical Center in Rowlett explains.