According to the American Heart Association, in one year alone, 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. That is why the Irving Fire Department wants everyone to know what CPR is.
What is CPR?
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. 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 occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. If cardiac arrest occurs, blood will stop circulating around the body. Breathing will also cease as well though it may not stop completely for several minutes. Without supply of oxygen, the cells in the body start to die. Brain cells are incredibly sensitive, after about 4-5 minutes of no oxygen brain cells will begin dying leading to brain damage and death.
Learn CPR and help make a difference!