CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

By: annbarr - January 20, 2009
Heroes Aren’t Born. They’re Trained.

Each year an estimated 166,000 lives are claimed by Sudden Cardiac Arrest, an electronic malfunction that causes rapid and chaotic heart activity. In fact, more people die from sudden cardiac arrest than from breast cancer, prostate cancer, AIDS, house fires, handguns and traffic accidents combined.

CPR and early defibrillation with an AED are critical. However, fewer than one-third of adult sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR. Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest, can double or even triple a victim’s chance of survival.

The American Heart Association trains 10 million people in CPR annually, but we must do more. For victims of a sudden cardiac arrest, a bystander who performs immediate CPR and defibrillation with an AED could make a life or death difference.

Take the opportunity to learn CPR and how to use an AED. You could be a lifesaver.

The American Heart Association website holds a wealth of information.

Did you know you can learn how to perform "Hands-Only CPR"? Do you know the current rate of compressions per minute to be effective? Test Your Knowledge

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I am a former Marine and Southern Belle, and I love living in Hawaii! I recently had my left hip reconstructed to correct multiple fractures, so I keep busy with intense physical therapy. I am always looking for exciting new activities, exercises, and friends to keep me motivated while I heal!

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