If your heart stops can you still live?

Sure, it happens all the time.

The heart beats more than two and a half billion times in the average lifetime. In between each beat, the heart stops momentarily, meaning a total of twelve years of your life is spent with a stopped heart.

Other than that, hearts can stop for a few minutes and still be resuscitated, thanks to CPR and defibillators. Although we should note that television portrays the incidences of people recovering after CPR as a lot higher than in real life.

Alas, most people whose hearts have stopped won’t be resuscitated. For example:

while on TV, most patients get their lives saved after getting emergency CPR, the success rate in reality is remarkably low—fewer than 15 percent of those who have had a heart attack in a non-hospital setting.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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