What is cardiac arrest, and why are CPR and AED so important?
Cardiac arrest is when the heart stops abruptly with little or no warning. Early recognition of cardiac arrest improves the person’s chance of survival and is key to starting the correct care of CPR and the appropriate use of defibrillation to restart the heart.
CPR can help keep the heart pumping and blood flowing to vital organs until an electrical shock from a defibrillator is available to restore the heart to a normal heart rhythm.
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Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest - If these warning signs are present, call 911.
For more information from the American Heart Association, visit heart.org
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What you need to know about CPR
Each year in the United States, an estimated 350,000 people experience sudden cardiac arrest in the community. Roughly 70% of cardiac arrests that do not happen in the hospital, occur in homes and private residences, therefore, a friend or family member is mostly likely to be the person who needs to take action. CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.
Hands-Only CPR Can Save Lives.
Most people who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of any tune that is 100 to 120 beats per minute, such as the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive".
Hands-only CPR (Woman):
Hands-only CPR (Man)