I went to a site called go.heart.org which is the American Heart Association. With what my husband and I have been dealing with, we found this site has so much good information for all who are concerned about their health, heart, high blood pressure, stroke, etc. Read below about the warning signs of a Heart Attack and CPR Facts & Statistics. Everyone needs to know how to do CPR and when you read below, you will understand why!
Heart Attack Warning Signs 9-1-1
? Chest Discomfort
Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness,or pain in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
? Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body
This may be felt in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
? Shortness of Breath
May often occurs with or before chest discomfort.
? Other Signs
May include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.
CPR facts and statistics
- About 75 percent to 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen at home, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.
- Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim’s chance of survival.
- CPR helps maintain vital blood flow to the heart and brain and increases the amount of time that an electric shock from a defibrillator can be effective.
- Approximately 95 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
- Death from sudden cardiac arrest is not inevitable. If more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved.
- Brain death starts to occur four to six minutes after someone experiences cardiac arrest if no CPR and defibrillation occurs during that time.
- If bystander CPR is not provided, a sudden cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival fall 7 percent to 10 percent for every minute of delay until defibrillation. Few attempts at resuscitation are successful if CPR and defibrillation are not provided within minutes of collapse.
- Coronary heart disease accounts for about 450,000 of the 871,517 adults who die as a result of cardiovascular disease.
- Approximately 325,000 of all annual adult coronary heart disease deaths in the U.S. are due to sudden cardiac arrest, suffered outside the hospital setting and in hospital emergency departments. About 900 Americans die every day due to sudden cardiac arrest.
- Sudden cardiac arrest is most often caused by an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Cardiac arrest can also occur after the onset of a heart attack or as a result of electrocution or near-drowning.
- When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the victim collapses, becomes unresponsive to gentle shaking, stops normal breathing and after two rescue breaths, still isn’t breathing normally, coughing or moving.
Effectiveness of CPR Anytime in teaching CPR
Please be aware of the signs of a heart attack so that you can react quickly. Your quick response can save a life, maybe your own!