450 per day.
-- Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone at any time. Many victims
appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
-- Sudden cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack. Sudden cardiac
arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or
chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. A heart attack
occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A
heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
-- Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims
receive bystander CPR.
-- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac
arrest, can double or triple a victim's chance of survival.
-- The American Heart Association trains more than 10 million people in CPR
annually, including health professionals and members of the general
-- The most effective rate for chest compressions is 100 compressions per
minute - the same rhythm as the beat of the BeeGee's song,
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
-- Unless CPR and defibrillation are provided within minutes of collapse,
few attempts at resuscitation are successful.
-- Even if CPR is performed, defibrillation with an AED is required to stop
the abnormal rhythm and restore a normal heart rhythm.
-- New technology has made AEDs simple and user-friendly. Clear audio and
visual cues tell users what to do when using an AED and coach people
through CPR. A shock is delivered only if the victim needs it.
-- AEDs are now widely available in public places such as schools, airports
CPR/AED Awareness Survey
|SOURCE American Heart Association|
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