By Susie Jones, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A five-year clinical trial led by the University of Minnesota Medical School researchers has led to a new method of CPR that improves long-term survival rates with good brain function by 50 percent.

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The new technique goes beyond the standard “hands-only” method to include two devices that increase blood circulation.

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Researchers found that the new device combination cause the heart and brain to receive nearly three times more blood flow during each compression-decompression cycle when compared to standard CPR.

Cardiologist Dr. Demetris Yannopoulos says the new method uses two devices that work together to get blood to the heart and brain more effectively.

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The new method will be recommended as the new standard to the American Heart Association.