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CPR & Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Facts


Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. This alarming statistic could hit close to home, because home is exactly where 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur.


Put very simply: The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be someone you love.

 

WHY LEARN CPR?


Cardiac arrests are more common than you think, and they can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occur annually, and 80 percent of cardiac arrests occur at home. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors. 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. A heart attack occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart muscle is blocked. A heart attack may cause cardiac arrest.

 

WHO CAN YOU SAVE WITH CPR?


The life you save with CPR is mostly likely to be a loved one. Four out of five cardiac arrests happen at home. Statistically speaking, if called on to administer CPR in an emergency, the life you save is likely to be someone at home: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. African-Americans are almost twice as likely to experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in another public location than Caucasians, and their survival rates are twice as poor as for Caucasians.

 

WHY TAKE ACTION?


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. Sadly, less than eight percent of people who suffer cardiac arrest outside the hospital survive. The American Heart Association trains more than 12 million people in CPR annually, to equip Americans with the skills they need to perform bystander CPR.



“I would like to express my deep gratitude to you for teaching the BLS class.  This past Saturday I was put to the test with the knowledge of the information and the skills that you had taught me that day. I would love to tell you that I had a save, unfortunately I did not. However, the skills that you provided me with led me to be able to perform CPR just as I was taught. I was able to quickly assess the situation and do what needed to do be done. I would not have been able to do that had I not just recently taken your class. You both were excellent and I appreciate what you did for me that day.  I will do everything I can to help those around me realize the importance of taking a CPR class. I can't say “Thank You” enough for what you taught me that day.”


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