The practice of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, has been used as a last-minute life-saving method dating back to the eighteenth century. In 1740s France, resuscitation by way of mouth-to-mouth was officially recommended by the Paris Academy of Sciences in the case of people who'd drown, and in 1891 a doctor was the first to administer chest compressions in conjunction with breathing efforts. The method recognized its first successful life-saving attempt via what we now know as CPR in 1903.
Now, people all over the world are trained in chest compression methods like CPR. As heart disease continues to be a top health issue, the need to understand CPR has too increased. In fact, men are twice as likely to be victims of a heart attack, and an average of 75 percent of cardiac incidents occur within the isolation of an individual's home. Learn more about the fascinating history behind this potentially life-saving practice.