Imagine youâ€™re sitting at home, spending a relaxing evening watching your favorite TV show with your family. Suddenly, your spouse stops breathing and is lying on the floor, unresponsive. Theyâ€™re experiencing a coronary attack â€“ do you know what to do?
Every year, more than 1.25 million Americans will experience a coronary attack, stroke or sudden cardiac arrest. About 600,000 will die; thatâ€™s about one person every four minutes. For both men and women, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. â€“ and 88% of these coronary events take place at home or at work, rather than inside of a hospital.
Despite the prevalence of heart disease, only about one-third of Americans have training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) techniques that allows them to respond to a coronary event.
But hereâ€™s the good news: When performed immediately after a cardiac event, CPR and other life support measures double â€” or even triple â€“ the victimâ€™s survival rate.
And, with four of five cardiac events taking place in the home, statistics show that the life you save is mostly likely to be that of someone you love, whether a spouse, child, parent, or friend.
Learning how to effectively perform CPR â€“ and other first aid measures, such as Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use â€“ doesnâ€™t just give you the confidence and skills you need in a medical emergency; these essential tools can also save the life of someone you love.
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