​Michael Clarke Duncan Stable After Heart Attack

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July 17, 2012

Michael Clarke Duncan had a heart attack on July 13 and has been hospitalized ever since the incident, but is listed in stable condition and “we look forward to his full recovery,” his representative said in a statement.

Duncan, 54, was resuscitated by his girlfriend Omarosa Stallworth after she performed CPR on him as he was undergoing cardiac arrest.

CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is used to save a person’s life if his or her heart has stopped beating, or if he or she has stopped breathing. The Mayo Clinic reports that if you’re not trained in CPR, you should just do hands-only CPR — which includes using your hands to compress the chest about 100 times per minute — until medical professionals arrive to take over.

If you’re trained but don’t quite remember all the steps, it’s still recommended to do hands-only CPR; but if you’re trained and remember what you’re doing, the Mayo Clinic recommends doing about 30 chest compressions, with rescue breaths in-between.

To conduct CPR, remember the acronym “CAB,” which stands for circulation, airway, breathing. Circulation means doing chest compressions to get the blood moving again, airway means tilting the person’s head so that the airway is opened up, and breathing means breathing into the person’s airway. For step by step directions to conduct CPR, click over to the Mayo Clinic’s explainer.

The current guidelines for CPR changed in 2010; before, CPR was instructed to be done as “ABC”s — airway, breaths, and then circulation, CNN reported. But with the changes to the American Heart Association CPR guidelines, circulation — meaning chest compressions — are now done first before opening the airway.