Anyone can perform CPR
There is a difference between cardiac arrest and a heart attack.
A heart attack is when one of the coronary arteries that supply the heart becomes blocked.
The heart muscle is robbed of its vital blood supply, and if left untreated, will begin to die as it is not getting enough oxygen.
This increases the risk of the victim going into cardiac arrest.
Cardiac arrest is when a person’s heart stops beating, and they stop breathing normally or are only gasping.
Someone in cardiac arrest will collapse, stop breathing and have no pulse.
That’s the time to begin bystander CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
mouth resuscitation) performed by a bystander is just as effective in the first few minutes of sudden cardiac arrest.
Hands-only CPR helps pump blood throughout the body and sends oxygen to the brain and vital organs, giving the person a better chance at survival until medical help arrives.
You only need your two hands to help someone survive a cardiac arrest.
“For every 60 seconds that pass, chances of surviving drops by 10% without CPR,” explains consultant emergency medicine physician Dr Patrick Cheah.
“After 12 minutes, if CPR is not administered, survival is rare.”
Research also shows that the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), in addition to bystander CPR, can significantly improve survival and outcomes by up to 75%.