Home > Magazine > Health Watch > CPR—A Real Lifesaver!


CPR—A Real Lifesaver!

By: Aarti Patel Email By: Aarti Patel
February 2011
CPR—A Real Lifesaver! If someone close to you or in your family was having a heart attack, would you know what to do besides panicking, calling 911and feeling helpless while waiting for the ambulance? While we do hope that we are never faced with this tragedy, this might be a situation that we find ourselves in some day given the statistics for Asian Indians. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when administered correctly can be a real lifesaver not only when someone is having a heart attack but also in an emergency situation when a person has stopped breathing, such as in  drowning, poisoning, smoke inhalation, suffocation, and electrocution, just to name a few. According to the American Heart Association, “The use of CPR dates all the way back to 1740, yet even today, most Americans don’t know how to perform it. Given properly and immediately to sudden cardiac arrest victims, CPR can save lives.”

If that isn’t convincing enough, here are some additional facts and statistics about CPR from the American Heart Association:

About 75 percent to 80 percent of all sudden 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 sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple 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 94 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital.
•   On average, only 27.4 percent of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR.
•   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 sudden cardiac arrest if no CPR or 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.
•   About 310,000 coronary heart disease deaths occur out-of-hospital or in emergency departments each year in the United States. Of those deaths, about 166,200 are due to sudden cardiac arrest—nearly 450 per day.
•   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.

To learn more about CPR visit http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/ or call AHA at 1-800-AHA-USA-1 or 1-800-242-8721. February is American Heart Month. Why not commit to learning CPR? You could be the next person saving a life!

Enjoyed reading Khabar magazine? Subscribe to Khabar and get a full digital copy of this Indian-American community magazine.

  • Add to Twitter
  • Add to Facebook
  • Add to Technorati
  • Add to Slashdot
  • Add to Stumbleupon
  • Add to Furl
  • Add to Blinklist
  • Add to Delicious
  • Add to Newsvine
  • Add to Reddit
  • Add to Digg
  • Add to Fark
blog comments powered by Disqus

Back to articles






Sign up for our weekly newsletter


Potomac_wavesmedia Banner ad.png

asian american-200.jpg




Krishnan Co WebBanner.jpg


Embassy Bank_gif.gif