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
Shortness of Breath
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