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American Heart Association Survey Reveals Americans Lack Confidence in Lifesaving Skills for Common Cardiac Emergency
Date:5/28/2008

those deaths, about 166,200 are due to sudden cardiac arrest - nearly

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

public.

-- The most effective rate for chest compressions is 100 compressions per

minute - the same rhythm as the beat of the BeeGee's song,

"Stayin' Alive."

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

and workplaces.

CPR/AED Awareness Survey
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