Archive - Oct 8, 2011

Archive - Oct 8, 2011


About half...

...of the people interviewed in 2007 know or were able to guess the difference between a sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack.

When the score is that close to 50/50, usually folks are guessing.

It's important because immediate 911 and CPR. plus prompt defibrillation are essential to cardiac arrest survival with major brain function intact, and 911 is essential for a heart attack. The defibrillator won't hurt the heart attack victim, but CPR would be inappropriate and dangerous.

Fortunately, they are easy to tell apart, once you've been told the difference: The sudden cardiac arrest victim - the one that needs 911 + CPR + AED - is non-responsive and not breathing, either normally or at all.

If you are not trained, check the video at and then get the people whom you frequently are near trained, too.

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