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Why learn CPR?
A heart attack can strike anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death among adults in North America.
What if the person sitting next to you was suddenly unwell? How would you know if it was a heart attack? Would you recognize the symptoms? Would you know what to do?
Fast action can save lives.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death. Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.
You can be the difference for someone you love.
70% of cardiac arrests occur at home, and 70% of Americans feel helpless during a cardiac emergency because they do not know CPR.
Local heroes know CPR.
When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.
(Statistics Source: American Heart Association)
Two hands. Two easy steps.
Heart attacks happen at home, at work, and at play. Hands-Only CPR (CPR without mouth-to-mouth contact) is recommended when you see a person suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting. It consists of two easy steps:
Step 1: Call 9-1-1.
Stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency and details, such as your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.
Step 2: Push hard & fast in the center of the chest
Find more hand-only CPR resources from the American Heart Association.