Learn CPR and Help Make a Difference!

According to the American Heart Association, about 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), more lives could be saved. The Irving Fire Department wants to emphasize the importance of knowing how to perform CPR.

The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims CPR can save lives. The purpose of CPR is to keep the heart pumping and provide a continuous flow of oxygen to the lungs and brain until emergency care arrives.

What is Cardiac Arrest?

Cardiac arrest is when your heart stops beating. If cardiac arrest occurs, blood will stop circulating around the body. Breathing will also cease as well, although it may not stop completely for several minutes. Without a supply of oxygen, the cells in the body start to die. Brain cells are incredibly sensitive; after about 4 to 5 minutes with no oxygen, brain cells will begin dying, leading to brain damage and death.

CPR Training
courtesy of the American Heart Association 

 

Make a Difference

According to the American Heart Association, 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Do you know what to do if a family member or friend suddenly goes into cardiac arrest and collapses?

Hands-Only CPR, performed by a bystander has been shown to be as effective as “conventional” CPR in emergencies that occur at home, work or in public. There are only two steps to remember when performing Hands-Only CPR:

  1. Call 911
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest.

Why Learn CPR?

Cardiac arrests are more common than you think.

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 88 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home.
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.
  • Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.
  • For every minute that CPR is not being done, your loved one has an additional 10 percent chance of not surviving

For more information about the importance of knowing how to perform CPR and to view more instructional videos, visit www.handsonlycpr.org or www.heart.org