Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). It disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs, and other organs.
The American Heart Association says that 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the U.S.
When a person has a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby.
Almost 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.
CPR, especially if performed in the first few minutes of cardiac arrest, can double or triple a person’s chance of survival.
YOU can be the difference for someone you love. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. Unfortunately, only about 46% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help that they need before professional help arrives.
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During CPR, you should push on the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 compressions per minute.