Increasing rates of bystander CPR is where the greatest increases in survival will come from. Studies have shown that providing just chest compressions alone can double the person’s chance of survival, and using an Automatic External Defibrillator can improve outcomes too. Compared to other regions, rates of bystander CPR are very low in the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart becomes blocked, and the muscles in the heart begin to die. Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart malfunctions and stops beating unexpectedly. So, a heart attack is a circulation problem, while a cardiac arrest is an electrical problem. Most heart attacks do not lead to cardiac arrest. But when cardiac arrest occurs, heart attack is one of the common causes. Other conditions may also disrupt the heart’s rhythm and lead to cardiac arrest.
Don't I have to be certified? I don't have time or the money to take an all-day class. Isn't there an easier way?
CPR has been simplified so that it can be taught in as little as 15 minutes, with a focus on three simple steps:
- Call 911
- Tell someone to find an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and;
- Push hard and fast in the center of the victim’s chest.
This training does not replace the comprehensive training offered through the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.
To find training in your area, click here.
The majority of sudden cardiac arrests do not require rescue breathing. Drowning victims and children still require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
Risk factors for Sudden Cardiac Arrest include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity or sedentary lifestyle and persons over 40.