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What is CPR?
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency life-saving procedure used on an individual who has stopped breathing and shows no pulse. Having a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, like hundreds of thousands Americans do every year, you have a less than 5 percent chance of being successfully revived, the AHA says.

Your chance of survival markedly improves if someone performs CPR four to six minutes after you collapse and you receive advanced cardiac life support, such as an electric shock to the heart provided by an automated external defibrillator (AED), within minutes. A trained rescuer fills the victim's lungs with air and administers chest compressions to pump blood from the heart through the body.

Thousands of lives are saved each year through the timely use of CPR.  CPR is a procedure that must be properly and promptly performed until professional emergency medical personnel arrive.

Who Should Know CPR?
Certainty medical professionals need to know how to perform CPR to do their jobs, but they likely would not be present at an emergency situation.  More likely that person would be a lifeguard, child-care worker, school coach or childcare providers, and many other roles.

It is vitally important that parents know how to perform CPR on their children or babies. You can never tell when a medical emergency will happen and it feels good to know that you could help.

Lots of people have learned how to do CPR. Why don't you?  Just in case you need to use it some day. Be confident that you can help in the case of heart attack, suffocation, electrocution, hypothermia condition, hemorrhage, drowning or choking.

CPR FACTS

  • Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in adults.
  • Most arrests occur in persons with underlying heart disease.
  • CPR doubles a person's chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.
  • 75% of all cardiac arrest happen in people's homes.
  • The typical victim of cardiac arrest is a man in his early 60's and a woman in her late 60's.
  • Cardiac arrest occurs twice as frequently in men compared to women.
  • There has never been a case of HIV transmitted by mouth-to-mouth CPR.
  • CPR provides a trickle of oxygenated blood to the brain and heart and keeps these organs alive until defibrillation can shock the heart into a normal rhythm.


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