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Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should!  

  • Nearly 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually
  • 88% of cardiac arrest occur in the home (that is 4 out of 5 occurring in the home)
  • 70 % of Americans feel helpless during cardiac emergency
  • Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors.

Click here for more statistics from the American Heart Association

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. This person becomes breathless, pulseless and unresponsive almost immediately. 

A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest. Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack include:

  • A pressure in the center of the chest (can vary from light to heavy and can feel like indigestion)
  • Pain that can radiate up into the jaw and down the arm, typically to the left side
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea
  • Sweaty

Why Take Action?

  • It is simple to learn
  • Failure to act in a cardiac emergency can lead to unnecessary deaths
  • Effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander
  • Less than 8% of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive

Watch the video below to see how easy Hands Only CPR is from the cast of Rules of Engagement


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